The Animal Research Act (1985) and Animal Research Regulation (1990) protect the welfare of animals used for research purposes. The Act and Regulation apply only to vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians and fish) and specify a ‘Code of Practice’ which provides guidelines for the handling of animals. Proposals to undertake research in State forests must be evaluated by the State Forests Animal Care and Ethics Committee, who, once the project is approved, will issue an Animal Research Authority. Holding a scientific licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service of NSW does not exempt researchers from animal ethics considerations.
|Author||State Forests of New South Wales: Research and Development Division|
|Publisher||State Forests of New South Wales|