Taking dissent seriously: Appealing to animal researchers?
For decades philosophers have formulated strong arguments in support of changing the practice of animal research intended to deliver clinical benefit to humans. Typically, however, these arguments have not been of a kind to motivate change on the part of those who work on the front-line of animal research. In this paper I argue that a new approach which focuses on the dissent of animals in research can appeal to researchers, since it furnishes good practical and epistemological reasons for practitioners to alter what they do. However, taking dissent seriously in this way can also support a radical rethinking of the ethics of animal research, which would likely be unpalatable to most researchers.