Animals in Science: Ethical Arguments and Alternatives to Animal Experiments

Designed for the Science and Biology curricula, this resource discusses the ethics and validity of animal experiments and provides options for learning about animals scientifically without causing them harm.

The lesson plans section provides teachers with a set of lessons each written in accordance with NCEA Achievement Standards. The resources section provides teachers and students with a wide range of materials that can be used to complete the lesson plans or for general research purposes.

 

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As a scientist, I value science for providing evidence.

Science and common sense show that animals feel pain (and pleasure) in essentially the same way that we do. Animals also experience diverse emotions, from easily recognisable joy or terror, to subtler equally intense feelings like depression and optimism. It follows, I believe, that animals merit the same sort of respect and concern that we give to our fellow humans.

I’m proud to be associated with this edition of SAFE’s ground-breaking series Animals & Us. This teaching resource encourages critical thinking by challenging traditional, human-centred view about animals’ place in science. It shows that scientific discovery need not – indeed, ought not – be at the animals’ expense, and that the best science is ethically responsible. This is the future of science.