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Mary, a veterinary student, has been assigned an experiment [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 03:32
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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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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 03:33
I am confused between B and D.
Both contain some new / unstated information.....D looks better.
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 04:32
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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.


My thoughts:

First, as always, diagram the argument as best you can. I've placed the conclusion in italics above. The question is asking you to find the statement that is most similar to this conclusion.

A:
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This talks about issuing pain on an animal, but the passage talks specifically about an anesthetized animal, so it can't be A

B:
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This indicates that killing an animal would be OK if it helps several animals or a person. However, Mary doesn't go through with it, so this is the opposite of what the conclusion states.

C:
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this is out of scope. The argument doesn't talk about any other animals

D:
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This is my answer. The statement coincides with the conclusion (not killing an animal unnecessarily) unless it is medically necessary (i.e. a terminally ill animal)

E:
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This one is close, but it talks about humans, which the passage does not mention at all

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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 04:51
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 23:38
+1 shadowsjc

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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 23:43
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2010, 07:44
What is the OA?

D seems to be very good, but here we will have to assume that 'Practicing veterinarians' are different from the students. This seems to be a typical LSAT question where we can assume many things. In Gmat I guess such question can not come.

I m stuck between B and D.

in Gmat I should have marked D and in LSAT B :-D
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2010, 12:03
D looks OK, what is the source & OA?
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2010, 20:33
My pick is B.

D is incorrect because Mary is a student, she is not a Practicing Vetnerian. D rules only apply for Practicing Vetnerian.
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 03:22
i think it is a straight D.
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 04:12
D mentions about Practicing veterinarians, the question states that Mary is a Veterinary Student

B mentions "protecting the health of a person", but the experiment was done on Dogs.

I am confused, but I felt C would be a good answer.
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Re: CR : Mary’s decision [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 06:58
Went for E and realized that No one makes its scope broad.The argument talks about a doctor.

D rules.
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