Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Ethics Committee

By | February 15, 2018

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;

 

General Guideline

  1.  Whenever an animal’s life is to be taken, the animal must be treated with the highest degree of respect.
  2.  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.
  3. Euthanasia should result in rapid loss of consciousness, followed by respiratory and cardiac arrest and ultimate loss of all brain function.
  4.  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.
  5. Methods used for euthanasia must be appropriate for the species, age and health status of the animal.
  6. Death must be verified following euthanasia and prior to disposal of the animal.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.