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Guidelines for the Treatment of Animals in Behavioural Research and Teaching

Together with the Animal Care Committee of our sister association, the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) in the United States, ASAB has produced a set of guidelines for all who are engaged in behavioural research and teaching activities involving animals (vertebrate or invertebrate).

Guidelines were updated in 2012 and are available here.

The ASAB Ethics Committee ensures that all work published in Animal Behaviour or presented at ASAB conferences adheres to these guidelines.

 

Key References

i. Ethics and the science of ethology

Barnard, C.J. (2007) Ethical regulation and animal science: why animal behaviour is special. Animal Behaviour 74, 5-13.

Cuthill, I.C. (2007) Ethical regulation and animal science: why animal behaviour is not so special. Animal Behaviour 74, 15-22.

ii. Improving current practice the use of anaesthetics / sedatives and humane culling

Flecknell, P.A. (2009) Laboratory animal anaesthesia 3rd edn. Academic Press London.

Makowska, I.J. et al (2009) Evaluating methods of gas euthanasia for laboratory mice Applied Animal Behaviour Science 121, 230-235.

Makowska I.J. and Weary, D.M. (2009) Rat aversion to carbon monoxide Applied Animal Behaviour Science 121, 148-151.

iii. Improving current practice marking techniques

Narayan, E.J. et al (2011). Urinary corticosterone responses to capture and toe-clipping in the cane toad
(Rhinella marina) indicate that toe-clipping is a stressor for amphibians. General and Comparative Endocrinology 174: 238-245.

iv. Improving current practice capture and handling of animals

Chapter 7 Lane, J.M. and McDonald, R.A. Welfare and 'best practice' in field studies of wildlife In The UFAW Handbook on the care and management of laboratory and other research animals (8th Edn) Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.

v. Improving current practice care of captive animals used for ethological studies

The following chapters in The UFAW Handbook on the care and management of laboratory and other research animals (2010) (8th Edn) Hubrecht, R and Kirkwood, J (Eds.) Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell:

Chapter 2 Richmond, J. The three Rs

Chapter 6 Latham, N. Brief introduction to welfare assessment : a toolbox of 'techniques'

Chapter 18 Inglis, J.R. et al Wild Mammals

Chapter 25 Sherwin, C The husbandry and welfare of non-traditional laboratory rodents

 

Teaching aids

The ASAB video Let's Ask the Animals explores the issue of whether animals might share our ability to experience pleasure, pain and many other needs such as those for play and companionship. This makes it a highly effective teaching aid for humane education classes for 7 - 12 year olds, as well as for science.