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Acknowledging animals: a memorial service for teaching and research animals

By A. Taylor, H. Davis

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A campus-wide memorial service was held to acknowledge the contribution of animals to excellence in research and teaching at the University of Guelph. The conception, rationale behind, and execution of this project are described, including the actual text of the service, as a model for other animal-using institutions. Such rituals can play an important role in reflecting and encouraging an attitude of respect for the animals. There is a tendency for employees of animal-using facilities to develop mechanical or compartmentalized attitudes toward their work. Rituals of acknowledgment, such as the one described here, promote active awareness as well as discussion of the issues and emotions raised by animal use. We believe this can only result in improved animal care.

Date 1993
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 6
Issue 4
Pages 221-225
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279393787002141
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Anthrozoology
  3. Laboratory and experimental animals
  4. Laboratory animal science
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