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# Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment

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Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment in mammalian physiology that would require her to take a healthy, anesthetized dog and subject it to a drastic blood loss in order to observe the physiological consequences of shock. The dog would neither regain consciousness nor survive the experiment. Mary decides not to do this assignment.

Mary’s decision most closely accords with which one of the following principles?

(A) All other things being equal, gratuitously causing any animal to suffer pain is unjustified.
(B) Taking the life of an animal is not justifiable unless doing so would immediately assist in saving several animal lives or in protecting the health of a person.
(C) The only sufficient justification for experimenting on animals is that future animal suffering is thereby prevented.
(D) Practicing veterinarians have a professional obligation to strive to prevent the unnecessary death of an animal except in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim.
(E) No one is ever justified in acting with the sole intention of causing the death of a living thing, be it animal or human
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30 Aug 2007, 14:10
The answer choices cover too wide concepts. the only directly linked i would say to the passage is D.
but still doubt. test day i would go with D

Also, in the passage it conveys prospects for recovery is dim. (dog cannot gain conciousness or die)

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30 Aug 2007, 14:41
I would go with E, since the last sentence does mention that the dog may never regain consciousness or may die.
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Re: CR: Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an exp [#permalink]

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30 Aug 2007, 16:30
Fistail wrote:
Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment in mammalian physiology that would require her to take a healthy, anesthetized dog and subject it to a drastic blood loss in order to observe the physiological consequences of shock. The dog would neither regain consciousness nor survive the experiment. Mary decides not to do this assignment.

Mary’s decision most closely accords with which one of the following principles?

(A) All other things being equal, gratuitously causing any animal to suffer pain is unjustified.
(B) Taking the life of an animal is not justifiable unless doing so would immediately assist in saving several animal lives or in protecting the health of a person.
(C) The only sufficient justification for experimenting on animals is that future animal suffering is thereby prevented.
(D) Practicing veterinarians have a professional obligation to strive to prevent the unnecessary death of an animal except in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim.
(E) No one is ever justified in acting with the sole intention of causing the death of a living thing, be it animal or human

I pick D
Came down to A or D, but I feel that D makes the most sense.
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30 Aug 2007, 19:40
D - she's still a student, so it does not apply. She has to learn somehow, and from the context this seems to be the only way.
A - nonsense; pain is often inevitable.
B - seems to be out of context to me.
C - no reference as to how this could / could not lead to preventing this from happening in the future.
E - it's known beforehand the dog will die; refusing to proceed with the experiment means she does not want this to happen, hence she refuses to do it. This is the answer, I think.
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31 Aug 2007, 03:02
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Only plausible reason is B

(A) All other things being equal, gratuitously causing any animal to suffer pain is unjustified. The experiment is not gratuitous.
(B) Taking the life of an animal is not justifiable unless doing so would immediately assist in saving several animal lives or in protecting the health of a person.
(C) The only sufficient justification for experimenting on animals is that future animal suffering is thereby prevented. This relates to experimenting on animals, not taking their life.
(D) Practicing veterinarians have a professional obligation to strive to prevent the unnecessary death of an animal except in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim. Not a practicing veterinarian.
(E) No one is ever justified in acting with the sole intention of causing the death of a living thing, be it animal or human Not the sole intention
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31 Aug 2007, 06:27
Between A and D.

Pick D because is more specific, A's concept is too board.
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31 Aug 2007, 06:31
E is the rt answer according to me...
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Re: CR: Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an exp [#permalink]

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31 Aug 2007, 09:10
Fistail wrote:
Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment in mammalian physiology that would require her to take a healthy, anesthetized dog and subject it to a drastic blood loss in order to observe the physiological consequences of shock. The dog would neither regain consciousness nor survive the experiment. Mary decides not to do this assignment.

Mary’s decision most closely accords with which one of the following principles?

(A) All other things being equal, gratuitously causing any animal to suffer pain is unjustified.
(B) Taking the life of an animal is not justifiable unless doing so would immediately assist in saving several animal lives or in protecting the health of a person.
(C) The only sufficient justification for experimenting on animals is that future animal suffering is thereby prevented.
(D) Practicing veterinarians have a professional obligation to strive to prevent the unnecessary death of an animal except in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim.
(E) No one is ever justified in acting with the sole intention of causing the death of a living thing, be it animal or human

I vote for E, D is out because of "in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim" ...just because survival chances are less does not mean that ..they shud not be treated
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31 Aug 2007, 09:53
For me, it was between D and E.
E- Is true but also seems very broad as well.

D- "Practicing veterinarians have a professional obligation to strive to prevent the unnecessary death of an animal ( The Passage says: Mary decides not to do this experiment) except in cases of severely ill or injured animals whose prospects for recovery are dim. ( The passages says:The dog would neither regain consciousness nor survive the experiment. Hence, I'll go with D!!!
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01 Sep 2007, 00:58
My vote for A.

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01 Sep 2007, 01:26
I would choose E over D since Mary is not a practising veterenian she is just a student.
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Re: Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment [#permalink]

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