Animal Abuse in Scientific Research in Moo

Limin WU, Xin ZHOU


Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s Moo, a comedy full of ironies towards American agriculture and university system, also contains huge concern for animal welfare and philosophical thinking of human-animal relationship. Through three typical cases of different scientific research projects in the novel, Jane Smiley discloses animal abuse existing in scientific research under the commercialization of animal science, and warns us against the instrumentalist view of animals in science field.


Animal abuse; Scientific research; Animal testing; Instrumentalism

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