Scientific purposes are activities performed to acquire, develop or demonstrate knowledge or techniques in any area of science including teaching, field trials, environmental studies, research, diagnosis, product testing, and the production of biological products. Scientific purposes also include using any or the remains of an animal that was killed for the purposes of any of the above.
The use of live animals for scientific purposes has provided many benefits for both animals and humans. However this use has also been an area of public concern because of the potential for suffering or negative effects on the animals’ welfare.
A key consideration in animal ethics is that the use of animals is justified, after balancing or weighing the benefits from this use against the potential negative effects on the animals’ welfare. Efforts must always be made to find alternatives to using animals. Where this is not possible, the least number of animals necessary should be used to achieve the objective, and the impact on the animals minimised.
|Author||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QLD|
|Publisher||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QL|