Abstract # 13392 Event # 189:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM-10:25 AM: (Room 325/326) Oral Presentation


ETHICAL CONSIDERATION OF NONHUMAN PRIMATES IN RESEARCH: A FRAMEWORK FOR DECISIONS ABOUT WHERE THE ANIMALS LIVE AND WHAT RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED

A. J. Bennett
Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53715, USA
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     Nonhuman primates live in a range of settings in which scientific research is conducted to produce new knowledge that can benefit humans, other animals, society, and the environment. Ethical consideration of the animals, including their care, maintenance, and housing, as well as the types of research that are supported and conducted are all core topics that can affect practice and policy. In this talk, I will provide an overview of an ethical framework for broad consideration of decisions about primates living in captive settings, focusing on core questions about purpose, potential benefit, and risks. I will discuss opposing models for consideration of the use of post mortem tissue and terminal studies with nonhuman primates. Finally, I will highlight urgent new ethical challenges that have arisen as a (perhaps unforeseen) consequence of changes in practice, policy, and movement of nonhuman primates between research, zoo, field, and sanctuary settings. Together with other symposium panelists, the talk will emphasize why primatologists should be engaged in critical evaluation of the core issues and active participants who can inform policy decisions that affect scientific research now and in the future.