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Book Reviews

Ignaas Spruit, Michael Garle and Jeffrey Fry

The best way to describe the process of change that is occurring in zoos all around the world is as a “scientific revolution”. This revolution began in the 1960s with a philosophical discussion of primate welfare issues and the growing public awareness of the intelligence of the great apes through studies by Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. During the 1980s, awareness developed that mankind’s views should become less anthropocentric and more ecocentric.
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2017-01-09T06:26:22+00:00 Tags: |

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Bob Combes and Michael Garle

This lengthy, comprehensive, text arose from an initiative by EUROTOX (the organisation of European toxicologists and national societies), the objective being to produce a high quality textbook of toxicology, with a view to harmonising educational courses and qualifications for toxicologists within the European Union.
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2017-01-09T06:26:24+00:00 Tags: |

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Susi Goll, Richard McGowan, Michael Garle and Michael Balls

The question of whether animals do or do not possess consciousness cannot be answered with any certainty, because decisive and irrefutable evidence on this matter is lacking. Such was the conclusion drawn by the philosopher and ethicist, Jan Vorstenbosch, from his studies on the new philosophy and on the results of neurological research. In fact, the existence of consciousness in animals has often been called into question by neuropsychology and neurophysiology.
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2017-01-09T06:26:28+00:00 Tags: |

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Donald W. Straughan

Kenneth Shapiro, currently the Executive Director of Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PsyETA), has written a useful book, which can be recommended particularly to those concerned with animal welfare and the use of animals for psychological research. Additionally, it will be of interest and value to anyone using animals for biomedical research, or anyone reviewing such research for funding, for ethical committees (for example, institutional animal care and use committees), or for possible publication.
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2017-01-09T06:26:47+00:00 Tags: |

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David Clark

The First World Congress having been such a success, it was always going to be difficult for the Second World Congress to match the high standards that had been set. In the event, the standards were not only matched, but often exceeded. This 1200-page volume of the proceedings of the Congress is an outstanding account of an outstanding event, attended by more than 900 participants from 37 countries.
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2017-01-09T06:26:53+00:00 Tags: |

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David Morton

This book aims to provide basic information on the anatomy, physiology, genetics, behaviour, husbandry, common techniques, anaesthesia, postoperative care, common disease profile, therapeutics and humane methods of killing of several commonly used laboratory animals (mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea-pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, ferrets and non-human primates). It is a well referenced book, from a laboratory animal science point of view, and gives valuable guidance on technical aspects, making it potentially very useful. There is also a section on US law concerning the care and use of laboratory animals, and tables provide some haematological and biochemical data.
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2017-01-09T06:26:56+00:00 Tags: |

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Elizabeth Jenkins

In the last few years, the scientific advances made with genetic engineering have received widespread publicity. The media has conjured up negative images of genetic engineering, with reports of rodents becoming ill after ingesting genetically modified (GM) foods, or GM crops being destroyed by protesters. The response to this negative “hype” is one of concern among the general public, as this technology will affect every aspect of our lives.
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2017-01-09T06:26:59+00:00 Tags: |

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Marlies Leenaars

This publication was produced as a result of a workshop on the use of Freund’s adjuvant, which was held in Melbourne in 1994. It has been produced to serve as a valuable set of guidelines for adjuvant use in animals in Australia and New Zealand. The guidelines on injection route and maximum volume given reflect the information provided by the 40 participants at the workshop, and do not necessarily reflect the view of ANZCCART or its member organisations.
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2017-01-09T06:27:00+00:00 Tags: |

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David B. Morton and Stephen Wickens

This book can be highly recommended to those who are concerned, in any way, with the health and safety issues which involve laboratory animals (and also issues which do not, as it contains much useful generic information and guidance).
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2017-01-09T06:27:01+00:00 Tags: |

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Pat Coulson

The aim of this book was to provide an overview of ethics for those who work with animals in a scientific environment. It is divided into three parts, the first of which is a general introduction to ethics. The author begins by defining the term ethics and its related vocabulary. This is followed by a chapter that might be best described as a potted history of ethical theories such as absolutism, relativism, utilitarianism and several more “-isms”.
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2017-01-09T06:27:09+00:00 Tags: |