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The Moral Status of Mice
|Title||The Moral Status of Mice|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1988|
|Authors||Herzog, Harold A.|
|Keywords||& , assignment , DECISION , ethical , labels , making , making, , mice , mice, , of , PSYCHOLOGISTS , research , roles , to|
Illustrates how assigning roles and labels has a profound effect on ethical decision making by typifying the roles assigned to mice by a research laboratory. The good mice (used in research) are offered government and institutional protections, while the bad mice (free ranging pests) are trapped and often suffer miserable deaths. Feeder mice occupy a gray area in terms of moral status, being both prey for other carnivores and Ss in predator research.