Abstract # 2816 Event # 144:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010 01:30 PM-03:30 PM: Session 26 (Medallion Ballroom A) Roundtable


A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON THE FORMATION OF AN ASP CAPTIVE CARE COMMITTEE

M. A. Bloomsmith1 and M. A. Novak 2,3
1Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 954 Gatewood Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA, 2Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 3New England National Primate Research Center
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This round table discussion will concentrate on ideas for forming a committee within the American Society of Primatologists to focus on issues relating to the care of captive primates. Topics this committee could deal with include: offering expertise in the development of regulations related to captive care, dealing with concerns of the public related to captive primates, encouraging investment in educational programs or funding related to captive care, and suggesting important future topics of research. We will discuss ideas for the goals and objectives such a committee could adopt, appropriate membership for the committee, how ASP might benefit from such a committee, and how this committee could interact with similar groups within other organizations (e.g., Animal Behavior Society, International Primatological Society). We would like to gather ideas from a diverse group of primatologists with expertise in captive care: behavioral scientists, veterinarians, primate curators, caregivers, and others. All with an interest in the care and management of captive primates are invited to attend and participate in determining the direction the committee should take. Some of those participating will include: Kate Baker, Kris Coleman, Michele Fahey, Ted Hobbs, Corrine Lutz, Brenda McCowan, Steve Schapiro and Jim Weed. Support from NIH/NCRR Grant P51 RR000165.