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).