This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Comment

← Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

Bumpy's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by Bumpy

They still kill macaque monkeys in japan - using lethal injection - in order to dissect the brain and find out exactly where they were recording from. I know because I'm currently doing a a piece of coursework for my MSc and I've read a lot of recent (2000 - present) research on it.

I'm not sure if there's a non-lethal way to determine the recording sites with the same degree of accuracy, given the recording methods. Although, I'm of the opinion that if the animals were bred specifically for the pursposes of the experiment, that they were not caused any pain or psychological distress while they were alive and that their death is likewise without pain or psychological stress, then it's perfectly ethical.

What do the rest of you think about the ethics of the situation I've desribed?

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:19:43 UTC | #936130