The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

Professor Peter Sandøe

The use of animals in research - what are the ethical issues?

Winter 2011

This talk aims to encourage scientists and others interested in the use of animals in research to engage in ethical reflection. It opens with a general discussion of the moral acceptability of animal use in research. Viewers of the recording can hear the audio of the discussion as well as viewing the PowerPoint slides.


Peter Sandøe was educated at the University of Copenhagen (MA in philosophy 1984) and at the University of Oxford (D.Phil. in philosophy 1988).

Peter is Professor in Bioethics at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen; and the director of the Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment (CeBRA), an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional research centre founded January 2000. Since 1992 he has served as Chairman of the Danish Council for Animal Ethics, an advisory board set up by the Danish Minister of Justice. From 2000 to 2007 he was President of The European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics and from 2009 he has been Special Professor of Animal Ethics at the University of Nottingham.

From 1990 the major part of Peter’s research has been bioethics with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy. Together with Stine B. Christiansen, he is the author of Ethics of Animal Use (Blackwell, 2008) and he has published many articles and books covering his wide range of research interests.

Many of these publications are available on