Animal Rights

Is Use of Sentient Animals in Basic Research Justifiable?

| by Dr Ray Greek

Jean Greek, DVM (my wife) and I have just had an article titled “Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?” published in the journal Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. The article can be accessed via the link provided. The article is not in its final format but it can be accessed already. The final formatting usually takes about two weeks so check back if you want to download it. I will post when it is available.

I want to make sure everyone understands that the article “Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?” is not the official position of Americans For Medical Advancement (AFMA). AFMA is a not-for-profit and is composed of people with very different philosophies but who all agree on the position that animal models are not predictive for human response to drugs and disease. The position Jean and I take in the article is our own, or rather, what we interpret as the position of society. In any event, as we state in the article the position does not reflect that of AFMA. Just as other board members of AFMA can have opinions on the various uses of animals by science, so too can we.

The review of Niall Shanks’ and my book Animal Models in Light of Evolution by Lewis Wolpert is now in its final format and can be accessed through Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine