To do or not to do?

Hastings Cent Rep. Nov-Dec 1989;19(6):42-4.


KIE: Contrasting an imaginary German laboratory worker who in 1939 sabotaged experiments involving the mentally retarded, and an imaginary American animal liberationist who recently vandalized a primate research facility, Singer discusses civil disobedience by animal rightists. He raises and answers criticisms as to why the German worker and the animal liberationist both were justified in their actions. Singer argues that using unlawful means to bring about change in a democracy is justified if this is the only way one's goals can be achieved within a reasonable period of time, providing physical violence against others is eschewed.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Experimentation*
  • Animal Welfare*
  • Bioethics
  • Crime*
  • Dissent and Disputes*
  • Group Processes*
  • Human Experimentation*
  • Humans
  • National Socialism
  • Politics
  • United States