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Ethical and welfare considerations when using cephalopods as experimental animals


Moltschaniwskyj, NA and Hall, K and Lipinski, MR and Marian, JEAR and Nishiguchi, M and Sakai, M and Shulman, DJ and Sinclair, B and Sinn, DL and Staudinger, M and van Gelderen, R and Villanueva, R and Warnke, K, Ethical and welfare considerations when using cephalopods as experimental animals, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 17, (2-3) pp. 455-476. ISSN 0960-3166 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s11160-007-9056-8


When using cephalopods as experimental animals, a number of factors, including morality, quality of information derived from experiments, and public perception, drives the motivation to consider welfare issues. Refinement of methods and techniques is a major step in ensuring protection of cephalopod welfare in both laboratory and field studies. To this end, existing literature that provides details of methods used in the collection, handling, maintenance, and culture of a range of cephalopods is a useful starting point when refining and justifying decisions about animal welfare. This review collates recent literature in which authors have used cephalopods as experimental animals, revealing the extent of use and diversity of cephalopod species and techniques. It also highlights several major issues when considering cephalopod welfare; how little is known about disease in cephalopods and its relationship to senescence and also how to define objective endpoints when animals are stressed or dying as a result of the experiment. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Moltschaniwskyj, NA (Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj)
UTAS Author:Sinn, DL (Dr David Sinn)
UTAS Author:van Gelderen, R (Ms Rebecca van Gelderen)
ID Code:46372
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:115
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-25

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