This technical support document, developed as part of the IPIECA-IOGP Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project and authored by the 11 organizations comprising the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) Project, serves as a reference to illustrate what should be considered as international ‘standards of practice’ for animal protection and care in an oiled wildlife response. While individual protocols and procedures may differ between organizations (and between incidents) depending on the species affected, number of animals present, logistical support within the country, and other factors, the details provided constitute the underlying principles of animal care that should be reflected in those protocols. Where different approaches are used by local organizations, either for cultural reasons or due to the background of those organizations, these should always
be considered and respected. However, an effort should be made to explain an alternative approach and help these organizations to appreciate the benefits of a transition to international standards of care.