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Title: The Boyd Group and Animal Experimentation
Authors: Garner, Robert
First Published: 6-Sep-2017
Publisher: Åbo Akademi University/Department of Law
Citation: Global Journal of Animal Law, 2017, 5(1), pp. 79-100
Abstract: This article is an account of the work of the Boyd Group, an informal grouping of stakeholders on both sides of the debate about animal experimentation formed in Britain in the early 1990s. It is an explorative case study which aims to map the opinion-forming processes of the participants of the Boyd Group, many of whom were interviewed by the author, in light of deliberative theory and with the intention of generating suggestions for improved democratic practices in representative bodies split by seemingly intractable moral differences. Not only is animal experimentation a policy issue involving acute moral conflict, but the Boyd Group is also a body made up of partisans representing organisations on both sides of the debate. Not surprisingly, the transformation of views predicted by some deliberative theorists has not occurred. However, deliberation within the Boyd Group has had the effect of softening some of the views and attitudes of the participants, has facilitated some compromises, and provides a useful guide to the methods available to those wishing to manage moral conflict.
ISSN: 2341-8168
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Åbo Akademi University/Department of Law. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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