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Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics ‹ Animal Use Decisions

Animal Use Decisions

What animals can be used in teaching?

In these Guidelines, the term ‘animal’ is used as defined in the Code:

any live non-human vertebrate, that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, encompassing domestic animals, purpose-bred animals, livestock, wildlife, and also cephalopods such as octopus and squid.

(Code, p. 3)

Other invertebrates fall outside the scope of the SAEC and schools and colleges are not required to apply for permission to use them or to keep records of use. The SAEC website does, however, offer some advice on their use and care in Species Specific Information.

Teachers are encouraged to consider the ethical issues related to using invertebrates not covered by the Code (such as insects) and to discuss them with their students.

Animal Use Decisions

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