Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
"The practice of experimenting on nonhuman animals as it exists today throughout the world reveals the consequences of speciesism. Many experiments inflict severe pain without the remotest prospect of significant benefits for human beings or any other animals. Such experiments are not isolated incidences, but part of a major industry...
We tolerate cruelties inflicted on members of other species that would outrage us if performed on members of our own species. Speciesism allows researchers to regard the animals they experiment on as items of equipment, laboratory tools rather than living, suffering creatures. In fact, on grant applications to government funding agencies, animals are listed as 'supplies' alongside test tubes and recording instruments...
The exploitation of laboratory animals is part of the larger problem of speciesism and it is unlikely to be eliminated altogether until speciesism itself is eliminated. Surely one day, though, our children's children, reading about what was done in laboratories in the 20th Century, will feel the same sense of horror and incredulity at what otherwise civilized people could do that we now feel when we read about the atrocities of the Roman gladiatorial arenas or the eighteenth-century slave trade."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, MDs, heads of government, members of state or federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields related to animal testing issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, 1999-2004, part-time, 2005-present
Laureate Professor (part-time), School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2013-present
Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council, 2003-present
Editorial Board, Reason in Practice, 2001-present
Vice-President, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2001-present
Member, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Advisory Committee to the Program Committee, 2000-present
President, Animal Rights International, 1999-present
Founder, The Life You Can Save
Co-Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Policy, Monash University, 1992-1995
Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, part-time, 1983-1987, full-time, 1987-1991; Deputy Director, 1992-1997
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, 1982 (including six weeks as Acting Dean)
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, 1977-1978, 1980-1981
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, 1977-1999
Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1975-1976
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, New York University, 1973-1974