Lintzenich BA, Crissey SD, Sullivan TJ, Johnson DM, Jackson L. 2001. Considerations for ethical acquisition and treatment of feeder animals in zoos. In Edwards M, Lisi KJ, Schlegel ML, Bray RE, Eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Zoos, as a rule, have stringent standards for acquisition and care of the animals in their collection. Following this philosophy, it also is important to heed similar considerations for “feeder” animals. Feeder animals are those utilized to feed carnivorous and omnivorous collection animals that consume prey items as all, or part, of their diet. The purpose of this discussion is to highlight issues, address controversies, and show additional published literature that can be used as guidance when establishing such a policy.Lintzenich-EthicalTreatmentofFeederAnimals.pdf     764 KB