Animal ethics

TheAnimal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld) requires that any person using animals for scientific purposes for research or teaching must: 

Commencing a project without prior written approval from an Animal Ethics Committee may be subject to criminal prosecution under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld).

For the purposes of the Act, an animal is defined as:

  • any live vertebrate including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles 
  • cephalopod invertebrates (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus) 
  • live pre-natal or pre-hatched animals in the last half of gestation, for example, mammalian or reptilian foetuses, pre-hatched avian, mammalian or reptilian young and live marsupial young.

The Act does not consider a human being or human foetus to be an animal, nor are the eggs, spat or spawn of fish.

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