RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of animals for research or teaching where any of the following apply:
‘Research’ includes experiments, procedures, field trials, product testing, development of diagnostic tests, the production of biological products and environmental studies. Teaching includes teaching at all levels of education including vocational training.
‘Animals’ include all sentient vertebrates, cephalopods and crustaceans.
RSPCA Australia believes that, wherever animals are being considered for use in research or teaching, the humane research principles of replacement, reduction and refinement (known as the Three Rs) must be adhered to:
People responsible for the breeding, care, management and use of animals for research and teaching must:
Responsible breeding, care, management and use of animals for research and teaching must ensure a good quality of life for the animals and aim for animals to live out their natural lifespan. This involves the following:
‘Wastage’ refers to animals bred for a specific purpose that are discarded and often subsequently killed.
‘Rehome’ means that the animal will live out their natural life with a good quality of life.
|RSPCA Australia encourages the development of a publicly accessible database that lists the best practice guidelines of common research procedures for various species.