J Med Ethics 22:300-303 doi:10.1136/jme.22.5.300
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Animal rights v animal research: a modest proposal.

  1. J Bernstein
  1. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


      The practical problem of assuaging the opponents of animal research may be solved without formally addressing (or resolving) the underlying ethical questions of the debate. Specifically, a peaceful boycott of the "fruits" of animal research may lead to a wider cessation of such research, than, say, vocal or even violent protest. To assist those who might wish to participate in such a boycott- and, moreover, to critically inform them of the implications of their actions-1 offer a modest proposal: the use of an "animal research advance directive", a form which enumerates precisely which "fruits of research" are declined.

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