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Study on the Improvement of Ethics in Animal Research Curriculum

Dong-Mi, Yoo 1 모효정 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The biggest debate in the field of animal ethics revolves around animal experimentation. Various discussions surround experiments on animal subjects, and considerations of the animal’s scope or the animal subject’s treatment method, experimental method etc. differ for each individual situation. The majority of those against the use of animal subjects in laboratories are cleared of anthropocentrism in order to fundamentally evaluate the justification of animal experimentation and demand efforts in improving experimental methods and processes while minimizing the animal subject’s sacrifice and suffering. In laboratory, animal experiments are different from regular experiments because they involve the treatment of animal life. Because this context may create ethical conflicts, the researchers who implement experiments on animals must receive the appropriate training so that they can recognize this distinctiveness. However, if we examine the current training under animal experimentation, even university curriculums have barely developed this type of training and, what is worse, the part of the government that regulates animal experimentation provides little training in animal ethics. To counter balance negative awareness about animal experimentation, we must increase the utility of such experiments and diffuse awareness of animal welfare. We must strengthen training in animal ethics to create a peaceful coexistence between nature and humankind.

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