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Companion Animals in Zoonoses Research – Ethical Considerations


Persson, Kirsten; Schulz, Claudia; Deckers, Jan; Pilchová, Veronika; Wirz, Katrin; Hartnack, Sonja; Meurer, Marita; Richter, Armina; Wystub, Paula; van Herten, Joost; von Köckritz-Blickwede, Maren; Fossati, Paola; Kunzmann, Peter (2023). Companion Animals in Zoonoses Research – Ethical Considerations. Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research, 5(2):178-207.

Abstract

Non-human animals are commonly classified according to their “role”, such as “livestock”, “wild” or “companion” animals. But what if those classifications overlap? This article presents a report of the retreat week “ZooCan – Zoonoses of companion animals as case study for animal ethics” at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, in November 2022. The workshop included participants from different European countries with interdisciplinary backgrounds (animal law, bioethics, epidemiology, philosophy, biology and veterinary medicine). We address ethically relevant issues that emerge when companion animals are used as research animals, particularly in zoonoses research. The outcomes of the multi-disciplinary approach are used to i) define criteria to classify “companion” and “research” animals, ii) provide guidance to overcome the challenges with classificational overlaps, iii) give insights into cutting-edge zoonoses research with an example of SARS-CoV-2 in cats, and iv) discuss animal ethics approaches with regard to classifications.

Abstract

Non-human animals are commonly classified according to their “role”, such as “livestock”, “wild” or “companion” animals. But what if those classifications overlap? This article presents a report of the retreat week “ZooCan – Zoonoses of companion animals as case study for animal ethics” at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, in November 2022. The workshop included participants from different European countries with interdisciplinary backgrounds (animal law, bioethics, epidemiology, philosophy, biology and veterinary medicine). We address ethically relevant issues that emerge when companion animals are used as research animals, particularly in zoonoses research. The outcomes of the multi-disciplinary approach are used to i) define criteria to classify “companion” and “research” animals, ii) provide guidance to overcome the challenges with classificational overlaps, iii) give insights into cutting-edge zoonoses research with an example of SARS-CoV-2 in cats, and iv) discuss animal ethics approaches with regard to classifications.

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Item Type:Journal Article, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinärwissenschaftliches Institut > Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Animal Science and Zoology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:01 Feb 2024 16:38
Last Modified:19 Apr 2024 11:13
Publisher:Brill Academic Publishers
ISSN:2588-9567
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/25889567-bja10045