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Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics ‹ Animal Use Decisions

Animal Use Decisions

Planning for animal welfare

When the purpose of an activity is for students to interact with animals, consideration should be given to alternatives to the temporary introduction of animals to the school or college, such as observing animals in purpose-built facilities, in their natural environment or under field conditions.

(Code, p. 47)

If they are satisfied that a teaching and learning activity involving the use of animals is essential for students to achieve desired educational outcomes, teachers and lecturers should:

1. Decide on the type of animal most suited to the educational purpose

Animals must be suitable for the scientific purpose taking into account their biological characteristics, including behaviour, genetic attributes and nutritional, microbiological and general health status.

(Code, 1.14)

2. Determine how many animals are essential

Each project must use no more than the minimum number of animals necessary to ensure scientific and statistical validity.

(Code, 1.9)

3. Identify an appropriate source

Animals must be obtained from a reputable source.

4. Determine how the animals will be cared for, including during weekends and holidays

Animals must be well cared for at all times, including on weekends and holidays.

(Code, 6.4.8)

Students must not be allowed to take animals home unless there is a clear, written undertaking from a parent or guardian that animals will be cared for adequately and responsibly

(Code, 6.4.10)

Holding facilities must be secure at all times against human and animal interference.

(Code, 6.4.12)

5. Identify a suitable means of transporting the animal to the school or college

The conditions and duration of the transportation must ensure that the impact on animal health and welfare is minimal.

(Code, 4.2.3)

6. Decide on how the animal will be monitored

Investigators and teachers should be familiar with the normal behaviour of the animal species chosen and knowledgeable about signs of pain and distress specific to that species and must assess animals regularly for these signs.

(Code, 3.3.1)

7. Decide on the fate of the animal at the end of the activity

Upon completion of the project, animals must be returned promptly to normal husbandry conditions or their natural habitat if appropriate and permitted, or, where necessary, killed humanely.

(Code, 3.3.17)

Animal Use Decisions

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