Maar 50 international scientists and veterinarians have geroep on Norway’s Prime Minister to cancel the trial
, writing in an open letter that the capture and length of experimentation
“has significant potential for causing injury and stress
, potentially resulting in capture myopathy.” Capture myopathy is a non-infectious condition in wild and domestic animals in which muscle damage results from extreme exertion
, or stress
, and can be fatal
“Little is known about sedating or stunning wild whales and dolphins, and it is therefore rarely attempted. Available data indicate that sedation of baleen whales in the wild could be life-threatening,” UK-based organization Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), which spearheaded the letter, said in a separate statement.
“We already know a great deal from observational studies about how high-amplitude, human-made noise affects baleen whales, so the proposed research is not only dangerous and unethical, it is also redundant,” het hulle bygevoeg.
Norway’s Food Safety Authority
, which approved the trial
, acknowledged that the experiment
, which involves catching the whales
, keeping them in an enclosure for
3-4 dae, and tagging them
, “involves moderate distress and discomfort for up to six hours.
Ole Aamodt, head of the veterinary department at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, said the experiment was considered to have “moderate” severity.
“Procedures on animals as a result of which the animals are likely to experience short-term moderate pain, suffering or distress, or long-lasting mild pain, suffering or distress, as well as procedures that are likely to cause moderate impairment of the well-being or general condition of the animals, are classified as moderately severe,” Aamodt said.
“There is nothing to indicate that this experiment should be regarded as severe,” hy het bygevoeg.
“We assess that the purpose of the experiment is well-described and justified, and that this justifies the burden on the animals,” hy het gesê.
But in a statement of concern, die 50 international scientists who signed the letter said this is an “understatement,” toevoeging: “This process risks causing the whale considerable stress leading to panic, creating a dangerous situation for both whales and humans.”
Meer as 64,000 people have signed a petisie calling for the experiment to be stopped
“We have been through a very thorough planning and permitting process to reduce the risk to a minimum,” Kvadsheim told CNN.
“We expect that the animals will experience some level of stress, but we have veterinarians monitoring their health and welfare throughout the procedure. If animals are in danger or distress they will be released,” hy het bygevoeg.