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The ethical limits of domestication: a critique of Henry Heffner's arguments

By C. Allen, M. Bekoff, L. Gruen

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Henry E. Heffner argues that "animals bred for research are properly viewed as animals who have successfully invaded the laboratory niche, relying heavily on kin selection to perpetuate their genes." (1999, p. 134). This view of human-animal interactions is the cornerstone of his defense of animal experimentation in two widely-distributed papers (Heffner 1999, 2001). We argue that Heffner's defense lacks adequate attention to ethical distinctions and principles.

Date 2001
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 130-134
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279301786999463
Author Address Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4237, USA.colin-allen@tamu.edu
Additional Language English
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  1. Alternative methods
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal testing
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Ethics
  7. Human-animal interactions
  8. Laboratory and experimental animals
  9. Laboratory animal science