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Should we eat our research subjects? Advocacy and animal studies

Watt, YM ORCID: 0000-0002-0857-4821, O'Sullivan, S and Probyn-Rapsey, F 2018 , 'Should we eat our research subjects? Advocacy and animal studies' , Animal Studies Journal, vol. 7, no. 1 , pp. 180-205 .

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This paper examines data from a survey of Animal Studies scholars undertaken by the authors in 2015. Whilethe survey was broad ranging, this paper focuses on three interconnected elements; the respondents’ opinionson what role they think the field should play in regard to animal advocacy, their personal commitment toanimal advocacy, and how their attitudes toward advocacy in the field differ depending on their dietary habits.While the vast majority of respondents believe that the field should demonstrate a commitment to animalwellbeing, our findings suggest that respondents’ level of commitment to animal advocacy is informed bywhether they choose to eat animal products or not. We conclude that this reflects the breadth of the field aswell as the fact that it is a relatively new area of study and as such is still evolving. In relation to the questionposed in the title of this article – should we eat our research subjects? – it seems that Animal Studies scholarsare divided on that issue; some do, some don’t, but for those who do eat their research subjects there is adegree of unease about the contradictions that such a choice implies.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Watt, YM and O'Sullivan, S and Probyn-Rapsey, F
Keywords: animals, research, ethics, animal advocacy
Journal or Publication Title: Animal Studies Journal
Publisher: The Animal Studies Journal, University of Wollongong
ISSN: 2201-3008
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Copyright 2018 The Author

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