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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.

Maryâ€™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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10 Nov 2004, 20:19
Where is this question from... ?
I'll go for E.

(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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10 Nov 2004, 20:38
I'll pick "E"...

Will go with the MOE...

Can't be A since the dog is anesthized, it can't feel pain.

B & C are out since she has no way of finding out whether the experiment will help the future of the dog community.. It may or may not...

D is incorrect as she is only a student and not a practicing vet.. therefore the obligation is not on her..

Any takers????

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10 Nov 2004, 21:06
B for me. As it is an experiment, it is not going to "immediately assist in saving several animal lives or in protecting the health of a person"

Initially I was thinking E. But the word "solely" in E doesn't seem right. The pupose of the experiment is not solely to kill the dog.
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10 Nov 2004, 22:55
doggita 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.

Maryâ€™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 take on this is "D".
"E" is wrong - bcoz it is a generalized statement: the question here is not solely of life or death of someone. BUT THE QUESTION HERE IS TO USE ANIMAL'S LIFE FOR EXPERIMENT.

the same happenes with "A". moreover, there is no involvement of pain bcoz dog is anesthetized.

IMHO, Both "B" and "C" are just out of scope bcoz future animal life saving and future animal suffering have nothing to do with death of the animal in the experiment.

choice "D" accounts for the words - "healthy dog" so i choosed "D" despite "professional" word for a student

whats the OA ?
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11 Nov 2004, 21:22
OA is B.

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