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Revised draft A Guide to the Use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Sciences submission

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The use of Australian mammals in biomedical sciences is, I believe, unnecessary. The research information generated is largely redundant and can be acquired through other means, the educative benefits are also minor and can be acquired through other means. The stress on native fauna that are not well suited to these kinds of activities should be avoided through the use of alternatives. The technology available today should enable scientists to use non-invasive methodologies and innovation should be encouraged to allow native animals to remain in the wild and free of invasive scientific research. To rely on wildlife for research (other than to benefit that species where acute issues need solving) is intellectually lazy in an era of sophisticated technology and voluminous quantities of past literature.

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