February 17, 2015
Euthanasia is one of the most common laboratory procedures, because virtually every animal is killed at the end of a study. A growing body of research has shown that the inhalant anaesthetic isoflurane is a more humane alternative to the commonly used carbon dioxide (CO2) for rendering rodents unconscious during euthanasia. Although isoflurane is more […]
January 20, 2015
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is often used to euthanize laboratory rodents at the end of a research study. A growing body of research has shown that CO2 is aversive to mice and rats. Inhalant anaesthetics, like isoflurane, are a humane alternative to CO2 for rendering animals unconscious. This allows for a two-step procedure: rodents are first […]
February 28, 2014
Recent research from UBC’s Animal Welfare Program has inspired an Editorial in Nature, the world’s leading scientific journal, provocatively entitled “Fish have feelings too.” The Editorial argues for a re-examination of our ethical obligations to the animals we use in research, including fish that are rapidly becoming the most used animals in research laboratories.
February 13, 2014
A new study just published on the open access journal PLoS ONE shows how practices in research laboratories can be made more animal friendly.
January 17, 2013
How can we tell if an animal’s death is a good one? UBC’s Animal Welfare Program is co-hosting a symposium on this topic at the Behaviour 2013 meeting to be held in Newcastle this August. The aim will be to review recent findings and discuss more effective ways of assessing and improving euthanasia methods.