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Animal welfare and decision making in wildlife research


McMahon, CR and Harcourt, R and Bateson, P and Hindell, MA, Animal welfare and decision making in wildlife research, Biological Conservation, 153 pp. 254-256. ISSN 0006-3207 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.05.004


Wildlife scientists are increasingly encountering difficulties conducting research on wild animals due to opposition from animal welfare proponents. Given the current biodiversity crisis, research into animal biology and ecology is urgently needed. Collecting such information may involve invasive research on individual animals, which to some parties is unacceptable, even if ultimately it leads to better conservation outcomes for populations. We argue that these conflicting philosophies on how to treat animals represent a tension between two attitudes to animals. Nevertheless, an acceptable space for essential research can be found. By judicious application of the principles outlined in Bateson's Decision Cube, conservation scientists can effectively and clearly highlight the benefits of their work and more successfully engage the public in the complex debate about the value of conservation research to protecting ecosystem function, ecosystem services and evolutionary potential.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal ethics, wildlife conservation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:McMahon, CR (Dr Clive McMahon)
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:83770
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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