Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Ethics Committee
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Ethics Committee, the ethics committee is a committee set up by the university to check on how animals are treated in the university. This committee has a general guideline which ensures that animals are treated well. Below are the guidelines;
- Whenever an animal’s life is to be taken, the animal must be treated with the highest degree of respect.
- When performing euthanasia, the intention should be to make the animal’s death as distress-free and painless as possible. Therefore, the method likely to cause the least distress and pain to the animal should be selected, consistent with the nature of the experimental protocol.
- Euthanasia should result in rapid loss of consciousness, followed by respiratory and cardiac arrest and ultimate loss of all brain function.
- Euthanasia should aim to minimize any pain and distress experienced by the animal prior to loss of consciousness. When appropriate, restraint should be used in such a manner that pain and distress associated with the entire process are minimized.
- Methods used for euthanasia must be appropriate for the species, age and health status of the animal.
- Death must be verified following euthanasia and prior to disposal of the animal.
- Personnel responsible for carrying out the euthanasia must be trained to carry it out in the most effective and humane manner; recognize signs of pain and distress in relevant species; and recognize and confirm unconsciousness, and subsequently death, in relevant species.
- Human psychological responses to euthanasia should be taken into consideration when selecting the method of euthanasia, but should not take precedence over animal welfare considerations.