Peter Singer / Animal Testing & Utilitarianism
6th December 2006
Philosopher Peter Singer has been in the news again. While most well-known for his advocacy of animal rights, he has surprised many by claming that some animal testing may be justified. While some animals rights campaigners may be shocked – students may recongise the view that, as he is a utilitarian (of some kind), he would not have an in principle, objection – if the benefit can be said to outweigh the harm. Read here: http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article2035119.ece about Singer’s recent statements – and his seeming ability to upset just about everyone…
What is your view of animal testing? Is it justified in a consequentialist manner? On some other grounds? Or not at all?