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Commission calls for investigation into humaneness of trapping muskrats

The European Commission's Environment DG has given prior information of an invitation to tender for a study contract for the exploration of physiological and behavioural criteria of muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus). The Commission is awarding a study contract which is designed t...

The European Commission's Environment DG has given prior information of an invitation to tender for a study contract for the exploration of physiological and behavioural criteria of muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus). The Commission is awarding a study contract which is designed to provide scientific data concerning a number of physiological parameters and behavioural indicators of the muskrat, aimed at the ongoing development of the trap standards laid down in Annex I of the Agreement. The research should develop testing regimes, each involving a range of behavioural and physiological indicators of welfare (as specified in the Agreement) to assess the humaneness of each of the categories of trap used for trapping muskrats. The ultimate objective of the work is to develop more humane traps and trapping methods.