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Djuren, läkarna och lagen: en rättslig studie om djurförsöksetik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (juridik och rättsvetenskap i socialt arbete)
2009 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Alexius Borgström, K. Djuren, läkarna och lagen. En rättslig studie om djurförsöksetik. Animals, doctors and the law. A study in the Swedish Regulation of Animals Scientific Procedures.

The aim of this study was to analyse how the Swedish rules about experiments on animals and the animal ethics experimentation committees relate to different kinds of decision-making models, such as the legal-bureaucratic, the professionalistic, and the corporatist model for decision making in public law. The aim was also to study the extent to which the theoretical design of the rules about animal experimentation, on the one hand, and their practical application on the other hand, agree with the political intentions and valuestructures that exist. The study was conducted with the methods of legal dogmatism and sociology of law. The study found that the valuestructures in the law on animal experimentation consist of freedom of research, advocacy of regulation, abolitionism, species hierarchism, and general intrinsicality. In addition, it was found that ethical considerations of animal experimentation are difficult to handle, since the factors that are weighed up against each other, i.e., the importance of the experiment and the suffering of the animals, are incommensurable. The consideration of pros and cons is governed in practice by the committee members who are connected to research, since they are granted a professionally based preferential right of interpretation of biomedical claims. The study also showed that the rules about experiments on animals are not applied with full legal security and that the committees have been constituted on the basis of deliberative consensus without consideration for the fact that the balance between human and animal interests is sometimes part of a struggle over interests and opinions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Iustus förlag, 2009. , 252 p.
Keyword [en]
animal ethics, Animal Protection Act, Animal Welfare Act, Animals Scientific Procedures Act, animal testing, animal research, animal experiments, bioethics, Cruelty to Animals Act, laboratory animals, Three R’s, project licences, ethical committees on animal experimentation, local ethical review processes
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31769ISBN: 978-91-7678-728-1OAI: diva2:278501
Available from: 2009-11-26 Created: 2009-11-26 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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