RSPCA Policy D3 Housing and care

3.1RSPCA Australia advocates that where animals are kept for use in research and teaching, the housing, husbandry, care and treatment of the animals is of a high standard to provide a good quality of life.
3.2All animals must be provided with appropriate environmental enrichment and sufficient quantity and quality of space to meet their physiological, behavioural and social needs. 
3.3All people involved in the care, handling or use of animals must be formally assessed for competency in the tasks they are required to perform and must have completed animal welfare and ethics training, with appropriate staff training records being maintained. They must ensure that the physiological, behavioural and social needs of the species in their care are met and be able to recognise signs of and take appropriate steps to prevent and alleviate pain, distress or illness in those species.
3.4Animals should not be held long term for research purposes but, where they are, there must be strong justification to do so and appropriate resources provided to ensure a good quality of life.

(adopted 5/12/2020)

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Updated on December 8, 2020

RSPCA policies reflect the best available evidence to direct and guide RSPCA and others, to promote and achieve good animal welfare outcomes.

Reference to ‘the RSPCA’ or ‘RSPCA’ in this document means RSPCA Australia and each of the RSPCA Australia member Societies.

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