Abstract # 4:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 09:15 AM-09:25 AM: Session 1 (Mission Bay Ballroom AB) Symposium


E. P. Riley1 and K. C. MacKinnon2
1San Diego State University, Department of Anthropology, San Diego, CA 92182-6040, USA, 2Saint Louis University

As members of ASP and IPS, primatologists must adhere to a set of nonhuman primate-focused principles outlined in resolutions and policy statements on, for example, the ethical treatment of nonhuman primates. For those of us who work in the field, we also must address issues of the protection of primate health in the wild and the conservation of wild primate populations. Moreover, we increasingly find ourselves in complex situations where we must balance human and nonhuman primate needs and interests. For example, we may be in the field to study a nonhuman primate population, but we often live within a local human community for ease of the access to the field site. We hire local community members to assist in the research. We also use our research results to inform conservation management plans that may ultimately affect local human populations. Yet, we have no recognized ethical code, like the AAA (American Anthropological Association) code or the AAPA (American Association of Physical Anthropologists) code, to guide our field research endeavors. The goal of this symposium is to highlight key contemporary ethical issues faced by field primatologists, and ultimately, to consider what a comprehensive ethical code that addresses all of these issues might look like.