For this week's post (due by Friday, May 8), I would like you all to look up an article (magazine, newspaper, etc.) or segment from a news show, etc., that is either for or against animal testing. Analyze the ethical underpinnings of its argument and how it thinks through the rights of animals. How do they understand the relation of animals to humans? How does their perspective on the legitimacy of animal testing and the bodily autonomy of animals relate to Descartes' views? What arguments do they give to justify or to refute the right of humans to perform tests on animals?
You could also choose to look at a clip from a film or tv show that engages explicitly with the issue of animal testing.