RESEARCH ETHICS

Research on wildlife

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Science  12 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6436, pp. 142-143
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6436.142-g

The use of animals in research has gained increasing attention and regulation, with the use of animals in laboratories now monitored by institutions and journals. Although there is still room for improvement for laboratory animals, monitoring of the welfare of animals studied in the wild has received much less attention. Field et al. investigated the legal and institutional oversight of animals studied in the field and found that legal guidelines are often unclear or absent and that institutional oversight, even when present, can be side-stepped. Furthermore, they found that journal requirements for publication collectively lack safeguards for the protection of wildlife during research, with only a third including any policy statement at all.

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