[The use of animal-assisted therapy: a bioethical question].

Fecha 16/5/2018 7:01:00 | Categoría: Enfermedades y tratamientos

Fischer ML, Palodeto MFT, Santos ECD. [The use of animal-assisted therapy: a bioethical question]. Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2018 Mar;25(1):217-243. doi: 10.1590/s0104-59702018000100013.

Disponible en: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29694525

This paper addresses ethical questions concerning animal-assisted therapy (zootherapy). While it has been documented for centuries in several cultures and is resistant to urban and technological developments, it combines multiple moral and vulnerable agents, constituting a dilemma whose fair and consensual solution calls for new perspectives, like environmental bioethics. Through analyses of scientific texts, the arguments and values intrinsic to decisions about how and when to use animals as medical resources are systematized. Using bioethics as a method, reflections are offered about the potential solutions dependent on the multidimensional communication between the players from the three pillars of sustainability - environment, society, and economy - involved in this global ethical question, focusing on conservation and sustainable production.

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