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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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15 Oct 2005, 08:12
Probably an LSAT CR, but what the heck.

A. The dog would be anesthetized, so no pain.
B. Keep
C. The only justification is too extreme of a statement.
D. Mary is not a practicing veternarian.
E. No one is also very extreme. What about "mercy killings?"

B by POE.

OA?
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15 Oct 2005, 08:36
(A) - The dog is anesthetized, so it probably does not feel any pain.

(B) - nothing in the passage suggests this

(C) - same as B

(D) - I like this choice, but it says Practicing vet. Given that Mary is still a vet student, she probably is not bound by the professional pbligations yet

(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'll take E. It says no one is ever justified with causing the death of a living thing. This is probably why Mary turned down the experiment.
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15 Oct 2005, 09:31
I go with E..

first of the dog is already anesthezized...so it wont feel the pain or anything...

so the question is really should you take an animals life even though it may not feel the pain...

E it is..
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15 Oct 2005, 10:50
OA is B. But nowhere in the passage its suggested as such...
I liked E.
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15 Oct 2005, 10:52
I re-read GMAT773 explanation...right on...couldnt agree more...

B it is...

watchout for extreme language...( i hadnt thought about mercy killings..this one made the difference)
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15 Oct 2005, 17:59
Agree with B. I was toggling b/w B and C before I saw the answer!

One more point in E - Here the 'sole intention' is not to cause death. Intention is to study,... etc
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15 Oct 2005, 19:48
I was thinking between A and E.
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16 Oct 2005, 04:17
I was between D and E

but GMATT73's explanation is very precise. B is ok.
16 Oct 2005, 04:17
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