Title: Food for Thought... on the Economics of Animal Testing
Authors: BOTTINI AnnamariaHARTUNG Thomas
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC49627
ISSN: 0946-7785
URI: http://www.altex.ch/en/index.html?id=50&iid=104&aid=1; http://www.altex.ch/resources/ALTEX_1_09_fft_economics_hartung_bottini_.PDF
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: "Money makes the world go around". We all have heard this, but in the field of alternative methods, we use to talk about ethics, scientific progress, politics, animal welfare or consumer and environment safety. In this series of articles, however, we have occasionally come to issues which were difficult to separate from economical reasoning. Most obviously, the article on globalisation [Bottini et al. 2007] showed the resonance of a major economical trend and recent developments in the field of alternative methods. Most recently, the articles on cosmetics and food safety testing in this series included aspects of regulation and economic impact [Hartung 2008b, Hartung and Koeter 2008]. Last but not least, the article on animal experimentation [Hartung 2008a] touched on the economic implications of animal testing. Here, we would like to expand the analysis of the economic forces in the field of alternative methods. This will require a review of the major industries regulated by animal testing, national differences, functions of animal testing in the economic cycle, alternative methods themselves as a market, the costs of limitations of current practices and economical forces, which might impact on change. Alfred A. Knopf is quoted for "An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible" and John Kenneth Galbraith for "Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists¿. By teaming up a scientist and an author with legal / economical background, we aim to state some not completely obvious considerations and express them comprehensibly" we encourage comments and replies to see whether this so far largely neglected point of view delivers useful insights.
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