Making Lives Easier
for Animals in Research Labs PDF
Discussions by the Laboratory Animal Refinement & Enrichment Forum
|This book is a collection of
electronic discussions that took place on the Laboratory Animal Refinement
& Enrichment Forum (LAREF) between October 2002 and May 2007. The forum
serves the international animal care and animal research community to
promote animal welfare and improve scientific methodology by avoiding or
minimizing stress and distress resulting from husbandry and handling
Of more than 5,000 comments posted, approximately 3,000 were selected for this book because they have practical animal welfare relevance and are based on first-hand experiences about ways to improve the conditions under which animals are housed and handled in research facilities.
The following main topics are discussed: Basic Issues; Maladaptive Behaviors; Environmental Enrichment; Social Housing; Working With Animals; Extraneous Variables.
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Refinement & Enrichment Forum
We initiated in October 2002 a closed, electronic forum on Refinement & Enrichment of Animals in Laboratories. The purpose of this discussion group is the factual exchange of first-hand experiences about ways to improve the conditions under which animals are housed and handled in research laboratories. The group serves the international animal care community in its attempt to promote animal welfare and improve scientific methodology by avoiding or eliminating husbandry-related stress and distress situations.
If you want to join the group please send a message - with the Subject heading LAREF subscription - to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your
• species you are working with,
• professional affiliation,
• professional experiences and interest(s).
Overview of Published LAREF discussions
Viktor & Annie Reinhardt
Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC