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Loving AnimalsToward a New Animal Advocacy$
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Kathy Rudy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674688

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674688.001.0001

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Animals in Scientific Research

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Loving Animals

Kathy Rudy

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the debate over the use of animals in scientific research, with animal rights proponents arguing that scientists “kill” or “murder” animals and scientists insisting that they “sacrifice” them for the advancement of science. Nowhere is the debate about human use of animals more incoherent than in the domain of invasive somatic research on animals, also known as vivisection. Focusing on the realm of vivisection, this chapter contends that we need to establish intimacy and connection with laboratory animals, that only by knowing an animal thoroughly and deeply, by having some knowledge of its character, only by loving it well, can we ask the animal for the kind of sacrifice vivisection entails. It urges both sides of the debate to shift the way they understand the human-animal relationship and adopt a new landscape that sees animals as partners, family members, and friends. It considers the affective power of love as an alternative for using animals in scientific research, and perhaps for bringing about some amount of resolution to the conflict between scientists and animal rights activists.

Keywords:   love, animals, scientific research, animal rights activists, scientists, science, vivisection, intimacy, laboratory animals, human-animal relationship

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