Status of wildlife health monitoring in the United Kingdom

Sainsbury, A.W. and Kirkwood, J.K. and Bennett, P.M. and Cunningham, A.A. (2001) Status of wildlife health monitoring in the United Kingdom. Veterinary Record, 148 (18). pp. 558-563. ISSN 0042-4900. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There is a clear need to monitor the health of wildlife in the UK, to help to understand the population dynamics of endangered species and to detect any harm to the welfare of wild animals caused by human beings. Despite previous proposals, there has been little progress in the development of a national programme of monitoring. With notable exceptions, the current schemes for investigating the morbidity and mortality of wild animals cover only limited groups of animals and are fragmented and uncoordinated. They consist of statutory schemes of restricted scope, and studies in universities, institutes and wildlife rehabilitation centres with limited funding. As a result, significant disease incidents may remain undetected and others may not be investigated fully, posing risks to the welfare and conservation of wildlife, the welfare of domestic animals, and in some cases to human health. Coordinated national schemes for the surveillance of the health of wildlife are already established in France, the USA and Canada and their best characteristics could be used to develop a scheme for the UK.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 436MX Times Cited: 5 Cited Reference Count: 101
Uncontrolled keywords: HEDGEHOGS ERINACEUS-EUROPAEUS SEALS HALICHOERUS-GRYPUS SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND BRITISH BARN OWLS INCIDENTAL LESIONS HARBOR PORPOISES BIRD MORTALITIES ANIMAL-DISEASES VULPES-VULPES FISHING GEAR
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 19:41
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:27
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7518 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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