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Pest eradication science must heed citizen concerns

Scientists working on programmes to eradicate feral animals from New Zealand must take a different, more inclusive approach to community involvement, a University of Auckland report has said.

It calls for “better models of genuine engagement” with members of the public and respect for diversity of opinion on ethics and animal welfare concerns relating to eradication programmes.

“Conventional consultation processes and stakeholder inclusion schemes often fall short due to perceptions that they are just formalities,” the report says.

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