Animal Rights Statement
Animal Use and Care: All research studies involving animals must have been performed in compliance with guidelines outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, US Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NRC Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, or Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching (Fass 1999) or with equivalent guidelines. A manuscript containing information that suggests that animals were subjected to adverse, stressful, or harsh conditions or treatments will not be considered for publication. Manuscripts describing studies that involved the use of animals, including studies that involved the use of privately owned animals (e.g. animals owned by clients, staff members, students, or private entities) must include a statement that the study protocol was reviewed and approved by an appropriate oversight entity (e.g. an animal care and use committee or institutional review board) or was performed in compliance with institutional guidelines for research on animals. Manuscripts describing prospective studies that involved privately owned animals must include a statement indicating that owner consent was obtained.