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Animal Ethics

animalSome research at The University of the South Pacific involves animals, particularly in the areas of agriculture, and terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Any research that uses animals (such as pigs, sheep and other mammals, as well as birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) must receive the approval of the University Research Ethics Committee before it begins.

The basis of animal ethics is to ensure that animals, are treated with respect and not subjected to any unnecessary discomfort as a result of the research. For these reasons, researchers working with animal subjects must first explain what they propose to do. For example, the University Research Ethics Committee needs to know how animals (in the wild) will be captured, under what conditions they will be kept and to what procedures they will be subjected.

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