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Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics ‹ Animal Use Decisions

Animal Use Decisions


Cultural awareness

Cultural awareness must be considered in taking decisions about the use of animals in schools or colleges.

Students should be given the opportunity to discuss the ethical, social and scientific issues involved in the use of animals for research purposes, including teaching.

Their cultural beliefs should be considered when studying animals in the environment, conservation and the survival, adaptation and extinction of species. It is important to be aware of and sensitive to local beliefs and traditions: for example, some Aboriginal clan groups are given animal totems at birth and they are not allowed to harm or eat their totems. Consultation with local Aboriginal communities is advisable. Schools can also contact their education sector’s Aboriginal education consultants for information about local beliefs and traditions.

Animal Use Decisions
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