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An Odyssey with Animals : A Veterinarian's Reflections on the Animal Rights & Welfare Debate

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A bitter controversy rages in Western society today: Is it unreasonably cruel to conduct biomedical research on animals? On one side lies a devoted (and, at times, aggressive and even violent) group of activists who believe animals are not human property, subject to our influence and interference. On the other are the researchers whose work developing life-saving medical treatments has hinged on the use of laboratory animals-and the patients who benefit from those treatments. As a veterinarian and sleep researcher, Adrian Morrison understands both sides of the issue, as well as the passions it arouses. Animal use in biomedical research, he argues, is a necessary part of medical advancements that improve human health and quality of life. This is not a position Morrison takes lightly, for he has been the victim of repeated acts of intimidation by animal-rights extremists, who vandalized his office and threatened his family. Refusing to be silenced, Morrison has written extensively on the humane but necessary use of laboratory animals, and was for three years director of the NIMH Program for Animal Research Issues. In this book, he offers the culmination of decades of reflection, scholarly research into the animal rights issue, and first-hand work with animals. The result is a thought-provoking, intelligent, and fair-minded discussion of an emotionally charged subject.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195374444
  • 9780195374445
  • 1,454,668

About Adrian R. Morrison

Adrian Morrison is Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on the neural control of sleep and wakefulness, with practical applications investigating REM sleep and sleep disorders. He has written extensively in the scientific publications of his specialty, such as the journals Sleep, Biological Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is well-known as a defender of the necessity of using animals in humane biomedical research and has written numerous articles and opinion pieces on the topic of animal welfare. For three years he served as Director of the Program for Animal Research Issues, National Institute of Mental Health.show more

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This is an important book and should be read by all involved in the animal sciences. * Roger Ewbank, Animal Welfare * Morrison's honest description of what animal research involves is commendable and unflinching, and his story is unique. * Jennie Erin Smith, Times Literary Supplement *show more

Table of contents

Foreword David Dinges, Ph.D. ; Introduction ; 1. Searching for the Boundary between Animals and Humans ; 2. Victims ; 3. "Doing" Science ; 4. Biomedical Research and its Animals ; 5. Fudging the Data ; 6. The History of Modern Animals-Rights Activism ; 7. Exploring the Nature of Animals ; 8. Justifying Other Uses of Animals ; 9. The Philosophers ; Epilogue ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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