Collecting insects to conserve them: a call for ethical caution

  title={Collecting insects to conserve them: a call for ethical caution},
  author={Bob Fischer and Brendon M. H. Larson},
  journal={Insect Conservation and Diversity},
Insect sampling for the purpose of measuring biodiversity – as well as entomological research more generally – largely assumes that insects lack consciousness. Here, we briefly present some arguments that insects are conscious and encourage entomologists to revisit their ethical codes in light of them. Specifically, we adapt the Three Rs, guidelines proposed in 1959 by WMS Russell and RL Burch that have become the dominant way of thinking about the ethics of using animals in research. The Three… 
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