Humaneness & Ethics

Dr. Proulx has developed the highest standards in humane trapping, and has voiced his concerns regarding animal welfare in research and management programs. Also, Alpha Wildlife implements the highest standards in animal capture and handling, and follows the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Publications on humaneness and ethics:

Proulx, G., and M. W. Barrett.  1989. Animal Welfare Concerns and Wildlife Trapping: Ethics, Standards and Commitments. Transactions of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society 25: 1-6.

Proulx, G., and M. W. Barrett. 1994.  Ethical considerations in the selection of traps to harvest martens and fishers. Pages 192-196 in S.  W.  Buskirk, A. S. Harestad, M. G. Raphael, and R. A. Powell, editors, Martens, sables, and fishers: biology and conservation. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.

Powell, R. A., and G. Proulx. 2003. Trapping and marking terrestrial mammals for research: integrating ethics, standards, techniques, and common sense. Institute of Laboratory Animal Research Journal (ILAR) 44: 259-276.

Proulx, G., M. R. L. Cattet, and R. A. Powell. 2012. Humane and efficient capture and handling methods for carnivores. Pages 70-129 in L. Boitani and R. A. Powell, editors. Carnivore Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques, Oxford University Press, London, UK.

Brook, R. K., M. Cattet, C. T. Darimont, P. C. Paquet, and G. Proulx.  2015. Maintaining ethical standards during conservation crises. Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management 4: 72-79.

Proulx, G., and D. Rodtka. 2015. Predator Bounties in Western Canada Cause Animal Suffering and Compromise Wildlife Conservation Efforts. Animals 5: 1034-1046.

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