Cross Disciplinary Group Will Produce Review of the Ethics of Animal Testing

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Testing on animals is one of the most debated topics in the ​scientific community​. Now the ​ issue is set to get renewed momentum as an international group of academics starts to review of the ethics of the use of animals in research. ​The project is the result of collaboration between the Oxford Centre and the British Society for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV).​

The academic document, the first to address the ethics of animal testing at length, will be produced by a working group of 18 international academics from six countries under the leadership of the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The group includes ethicists, philosophers, scientists and lawyers.

"During the past 30 years, there has been a paradigm shift in ethical thinking about our treatment of animals. From being regarded as things, tools, machines or resources for us, animals are increasingly regarded as sentient beings with their own inherent value, dignity and rights. Given this paradigmatic change spurred on in no small part by academic ethicists, philosophers and theologians, we believe that the time is right for a new ethical assessment of our use of animals in research,” said Professor Linzey. ​

“The BUAV is delighted to collaborate with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics on this pioneering project. While the use of animals in experimentation is being increasingly questioned across the moral and ethical spectrum, it is fitting that a new review of our use of animals in research should be carried out,” said Michelle Thew, CEO at The BUAV.

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