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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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13 Feb 2008, 06:32
I'm looking forward to a good and clear explanation of this strange question....
What is origin of it?
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13 Feb 2008, 08:19
Thins is a very thogh one. I very weak at CR, but I'm thinking between D and E.

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Thins is a very thogh one. I very weak at CR, but I'm thinking between D and E.

(A) All other things being equal, gratuitously causing any animal to suffer pain is unjustified.
This is incorrect because 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. This is not correct because we dont know if the experiment would or would'nt save a life.
(C) The only sufficient justification for experimenting on animals is that future animal suffering is thereby prevented.
This is not correct because we dont know if the experiment would or wouldnt prevent future animal suffering
(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.
Bingo, this is the only one we can know for sure because it says the dog was healthy
(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.
This is not correct because the sole intention of the experiment is not to cause a death, it's to study the effects of shock.

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13 Feb 2008, 08:36
Thanks for the explanations. At first I went with D but after reading E I was confused missing the point of the arguement.

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13 Feb 2008, 09:37
Thanks, gixxer1000
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Is it GMAT problem? This CR is unusual....
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13 Feb 2008, 16:04
D as it goes with the set principles of not experimenting on a healthy animal.

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13 Feb 2008, 17:11
C?

I am not sure about D since it says 'practicing' vets...and Mary is a vet. student...

What is the OA?

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17 Feb 2008, 23:52
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 think B shd be the answer.. there is no immediate benefit of this experiment (it is just to study the shock). A and E are too broad. D is ruled out because Mary is a student. C might as well true as the experiment might result in future benefit.

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26 Feb 2008, 03:32
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Thanks, gixxer1000
+1

Is it GMAT problem? This CR is unusual....

This is an LSAT question from 1000 CR.

LSAT Test 4 Section I Q. 18.

The answer availabe with me is B.

Please correct me whether the answer is correct.
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26 Feb 2008, 07:28
I chose B, but when I read the explanation by gixter, I gave up.

So whats the answer

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