All animal research and teaching conducted under the auspices of SU should uphold the "Three R" principles for humane animal research, namely:
- Replacement of so-called “sentient” animals wherever possible, with “non-sentient” research models or systems in order to eliminate the use of animals that can experience unpleasant sensations.
- Reduction of the numbers of animals in experiments by design strategies that facilitate use of the smallest number that will allow valid information to be obtained from the study.
- Refinement of animal sourcing, animal care practices and experimental procedures to eliminate physical and psychological distress within limitations imposed by the objectives of the research.
Do I need ethics clearance for my study?
Ethics clearance must be obtained for the use of all live non-human vertebrates and higher invertebrates such as the advanced members from the Cephalopoda and Decapoda, including eggs, fetuses and embryos ( where development of an integrated nervous system is evident) in research and teaching activities (SANS 10386:2008).