Andrew is a regular commentator on my blogs. Today, he is commenting on my previous post, “Ethics (via Linear perspective.”
My wife has seen this more than I have. She is a canine trainer and nutritionist. She has a problem with veterinarians advertising and recommending inferior food, such as Pedigree brand foods, because Pedigree is one of the largest corporate donors to the major veterinary schools in the country.
Very often, part of her training regime includes a change of diet. These inferior kibbles cause health problems with the dogs, and those health problems manifest both medically and behaviorally (Afterall, dont we all feel crabby when we dont feel well).
Is it ethical? No. Is academia to blame for allowing corporations to dilute the integrity of its institutions? Yes.