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AVMA RELEASES UPDATE OF EUTHANASIA GUIDELINES – The American Veterinary Medical Association has released the long-awaited update of its euthanasia guidelines: https://www.avma.org/Pages/home.aspx. These guidelines are problematic in various ways for wildlife researchers working in the field. That the federal funding agencies require compliance with the AVMA guidelines makes it virtually certain that Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees will challenge research protocols that entail euthanasia either as a planned element of the research or as a means of ending suffering of injured animals. The Ornithological Council, in partnership with the American Society of Mammalogists, raised these concerns and provided evidence to the AVMA to no avail. We will now seek to address the problem with the federal funding agencies to ensure that their policies recognize that the AVMA guidelines have little or no scientific basis with regard to wildlife research in the field setting and that the appropriate standards are those of the wildlife research community, which has cumulative decades of experience, unlike those who wrote the AVMA guidelines.
 
IF YOUR IACUC CHALLENGES THE EUTHANASIA METHODS FOR YOUR RESEARCH PROTOCOL, PLEASE CONTACT THE ORNITHOLOGICAL COUNCIL IMMEDIATELY (ellen.paul@verizon.net).

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