We occasionally get an out-of-the-ordinary enquiry about animal shipping. Recently we received an email asking if we could transport a single grasshopper from India to Germany, to the University of Hamburg.
We assume it was for research purposes. However, in this case we couldn’t help with the transport, so didn’t ask for any further information.
If it’s a journey we can potentially help with, however, we would ask questions and consider the ethics of doing work for research institutions. Many of us have fairly strong views on whether or not insects should be used in this way, and we often find ourselves weighing up the requests we get against our views on what is a good thing for animal welfare.
We can also call on the advice of animal welfare science professionals if need be.