Raising the Profile of Welfare: Scientists and their use of Animals
Authors: Birke, Lynda; Michael, Mike
Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 June 1995, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 90-99(10)
Abstract:This paper looks at the attitudes that scientists hold toward their use of animals, and at some implications for the welfare of laboratory animals. The framework for this analysis is recent changes in the law regulating the use of animals in British science. We note how ambivalent many scientists are about the way they perceive the animals they use, and the moral dilemmas such use poses. We argue, however, that the legislation itself cannot mediate improvements in animal welfare, as it is inevitably policed by the scientific community itself and thus dependent upon values and social relationships within science. We also argue that debates about the promotion of lab animals' welfare tend to use the distancing stance of science; they focus on scientific studies of welfare and behavior, but ignore the context. An important part of that context is the relationships between humans and animals in the lab, which should be taken into account more fully if animals are to benefit.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 1995