Irvine, Leslie (2017) Animal pain and the social role of science. Animal Sentience 16(18)
Jonathan Birch, Animal sentience and the precautionary principle
Assuming that all animals are sentient would mean ending their use in most scientific research. This does not necessarily imply an unscientific or anti-scientific stance. Examining the social role of science reveals its considerable investment in preserving the status quo, including the continued use of animal subjects. From this perspective, the use of animal subjects is a custom that science could move beyond, rather than a methodological requirement that it must defend.
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