Journal article

To Regulate or Not to Regulate? The Future of Animal Ethics in Experimental Research with Insects

Christopher B Freelance

Science and Engineering Ethics | SPRINGER | Published : 2019


Regulatory ethical frameworks governing animal experimentation are a hallmark of modern biology. While most countries have ethical standards regarding the use of animals for scientific purposes, experiments involving insects are not included in these standards. With studies in recent years suggesting that insects may possess faculties akin to emotive states, there is growing discussion surrounding the ethical implications of scientific experimentation involving insects. This paper explores some of the current evidence for the ability of insects to experience emotive states and highlights how current formal animal experimentation ethics frameworks are unnecessary for governing the use of inse..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author thanks Mark Elgar and Kathrine Handasyde from The University of Melbourne and Sally Sherwen, Sarah Frith and Kate Pearce from Zoos Victoria for insightful discussions that improved the manuscript. The author is grateful to Bob Wong from Monash University for comments on a draft of the manuscript. No funding was received for this work. The author is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program.