Nonhuman Primate Welfare: From History, Science, and Ethics to Practice

Lauren M. Robinson (Editor), Alexander Weiss (Editor)

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This volume reviews the broad topic of welfare in nonhuman primates under human care. Chapters detail the history of primates in captivity, ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of nonhuman primates as entertainment or in research, the different approaches that welfare are measured, and how housing, enrichment, and other conditions can foster or degrade welfare.
Since humans began keeping nonhuman primates we have made vast strides in understanding their cognitive abilities, strong social bonds, vibrant personalities, and their capacity for joy and suffering. With an increasing number of countries banning the use of great apes in biomedical research, the welfare of primates in zoos and research facilities has gained increasing attention.
This interdisciplinary work features contributors from many of the fields involved and those on both sides of the issue, thus providing an exhaustive overview of primate welfare. Readers from animal welfare science, primatology, animal testing, veterinary medicine, conservation to ethics and legislation will find this an important account.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages671
ISBN (Electronic)9783030827083
ISBN (Print)9783030827076
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • primates
  • welfare
  • ethics
  • primate care and management
  • personality
  • animal rights
  • behavioural assessment methods
  • cognitive bias tasks
  • welfare assessment
  • housing
  • enrichment
  • legislation
  • 3R


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  • Primate personality and welfare

    Robinson, L. M. & Weiss, ALEXANDER., 2023, Nonhuman Primate Welfare: From History, Science, and Ethics to Practice. Robinson, L. & Weiss, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 395-411

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