Different views on ethics. How animal ethics is situated in a committee culture

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Different views on ethics. How animal ethics is situated in a committee culture
Author(s) Ideland, Malin
Date 2009
English abstract
Research including non-human animal experimentation is fundamentally a dilemmatic enterprise. Humans use other animals in research to improve life for their own species. Ethical principles are established to deal with this dilemma. But despite this ethical apparatus, people who in one way or another work with animal experimentation have to interpret and understand the principles from their individual points of view. In interviews with members of Swedish animal ethics committees, different views on what the term “ethics” really means were articulated. For one member, the difficult ethical dilemma of animal experimentation is the lack of enriched cages for mice. For another, the ethical problem lies in regulations restraining research. A third member talks about animals’ right not to be used for human interests. These different views on “ethics” intersect once a month in the animal ethics committee meetings. There is no consensus on what constitutes the ethical problem that the members should be discussing. Therefore, personal views on what “ethics” means, and hierarchies among committee members, characterize the meetings. But committee traditions and priorities of interpretation as well are important to the decisions. In the present paper, I intend to discuss how “ethics” becomes situated and what implications this may have for committees’ decisions.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.2008.026989 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Institute of Medical Ethics
Host/Issue Journal of Medical Ethics;4
Volume 35
ISSN 0306-6800
Pages 258-261
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) animal ethics committees
situated ethics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social anthropology/ethnography
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::Ethnology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8746 (link to this page)

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