Veterinary Medical Ethics: A Focus of Conflicting Interests

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Because the veterinary profession serves both animals and people, it occupies a unique position in current discussions of animal welfare and animal rights. Veterinarians are confronted daily by the central ethical fact underlying all human‐animal interaction: animals as well as humans often have legitimate interests and moral claims that flow from these interests. This article explores some of the ways in which veterinarians must face the difficult task of balancing animal and human interests. I argue that the resolution of many ethical issues facing veterinarians will require consideration of fundamental questions regarding the value of animal life, careful analysis of key concepts that are applied to animals, and empirical investigations of animals and people who interact with them. 1993 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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