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Animal Use Decisions


Animals for wildlife studies are defined as:

free-living vertebrates and those captured from free-living populations including native, non-indigenous and vertebrate pest species.

(Code, Section 5)

The keeping and use of wildlife requires specific SAEC approval and the appropriate licence from the Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Animals should not be taken from natural habitats unless animals bred in captivity are unavailable or unsuitable for the scientific purpose.

(Code, 5.1.3)

Native birds and animals, including lizards, snakes, frogs, tadpoles, tortoises and turtles, are protected. It is illegal to trap them anywhere in Western Australia without the appropriate licence.

Information about licences is available from the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Regulations can be accessed at the Parliamentary Counsel Office website.

Some species of birds can be bought, sold or kept without licences, including budgerigars, galahs, cockatiels and some finches. They are, however, protected and must not be trapped in the wild.

Appropriate food and vegetation should be provided for animals in captivity. Their new homes should be as close to the natural environment as possible, with, for example, rocks, sand and hollow wood from the area the animal inhabits.

Animal Use Decisions

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