Ethical responsibilities of scientists marking wild animals for identification

Marking individuals or groups of animals is an integral part of wildlife research and conservation management and usually involves the application of an artificial mark. However, marking can have adverse effects on individual animals, populations, non-target species, ecological balance, the environment and other factors. In addition, it is very likely that research that has a significant effect on the subjects will generate invalid data. Therefore, wildlife scientists have an ethical and scientific responsibility to weigh the anticipated benefits of the research against the probable adverse consequences, and to minimise, or at the very least, quantify any negative effects on the study animals.

Author Beausoleil, N. J., Mellor, D. and Stafford, K. J.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution Massey University
Pages 200-200
Region NZ
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