Animals (Control of Experiments) Act

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Published: 1949-11-03

ANIMALS (CONTROL OF EXPERIMENTS)

THE ANIMALS (CONTROL OF EXPERIMENTS) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation
3. Experiments only to be performed by licensed persons.
4. Experiments not to be performed for purposes of attaining

5. Prohibition of performance of experiments for illustration of 1s-

6. Resnictions upon perfonnances of experiments by licensee.
I. Grant of licence.
8. Permits.
9. Special permits.

10. Records and inspections.
11. Returns.
12. Regulations.
13. Revocation of licmce or permit.
14. Penalty.
15. Restriction on prosecution of licensee.

manual skill.

tures subject to certain conditions.

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THE ANIMALS (CONTROL OF EXPERIMENTS) Cm.13.
ACT

[3rd November, 1949.1

1. This Act may be cited as the Animals (Control of Shorttitle.
Experiments) Act.

2. In this Act- Interprets-
uon. “animal” means a living vertebrate animal;

“experiment” means any experiment performed on an
animal and calculated to give pain;

“licensee” means a person licensed under section 7.

3.--(1) No person except a licensee shall perform any EX
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by licensed
puJons.

experiment. pcrformcd

(2) No licensee shall perform any experiment except
in accordance with the terms of his licence and subject to
the restrictions imposed by this Act.

4. No licensee shall perform any experiment for the Expaimmtr
oottobt
ptfonned
for pumoses
of amning
manual skill.

5. No licensee shall perform any experiment for the Prohibition
Of prfom- purpose of illustrating any lecture at any University, amof

University College, Hospital, Medical School, Agricul- ;ir$EE:
tural College, Farm School or any other academic institu- E&
tion unless he is the holder of a teaching permit under this mbjcctto
Act, and unless the experiment is of a class specified in ccnfilions.
such permit and is performed in accordance with the terms
of such permit.

purpose of attaining manual skill.

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upon formances per-

ments by
licensee.

6.41) Except as otherwise provided in section 5, no

(a) for the purpose of the advancement by new dis-
covery of physiological knowledge, or of any
knowledge which will be useful for saving or pro-
longing life, or alleviating suffering, or for
combating any disease whether of human beings,
animals or plants;

(b) for the purpose of testing any former discovery
alleged to have been made for the advancement
of the types of knowledge referred to in paragraph
(a);

(c) by the order in writing of any Judge of the
Supreme Court in any case where such Judge is
satisfied that it is essential for the purpose of
justice in a criminal case to make such experiment.

12) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3),

(a) throughout the whole of the experiment the animal
is under the influence of some anaesthetic of suffi-
cient power to prevent the animal feeling pain; and

(6) if the pain is likely to continue after the effect of
the anaesthetic has ceased, or if any serious injury
has been inflicted on the animal, the animal is
killed before it recovers from the influence of the
anaesthetic which has been administered.

(3) The provisions of subsection (2) shall not apply
to any licensee who is the holder of a special permit granted
under section 9 in relation to any experiment specified in
such special permit.

licensee shall perform any experiment except-
of experi-

no licensee shall perform any experiment unless-

Grant of
licence.

7.-(1) The Minister may grant a licence to any person
to perform any experiment for any purpose specified in

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such licence during such period and subject to such condi-
tions in addition to the conditions specified in this Act as
he may think fit.

(2) It shall be a condition of any licence granted
under subsection (l), that any experiment performed pur-
suant to such licence shall be performed at such place as
may be specified in such licence.

8.-(1) Where the Minister is satisfied that it is absolutely Pcrmil.
necessary for the due instruction of persons attending any
course of lectures for the purpose of acquiring physiological
knowledge or any knowledge which will be used for saving
or prolonging life, or alleviating suffering, or for combating
any disease whether of human beings, animals or plants,
for any such lecture to be illustrated by the performance of
any experiment, the Minister may grant to a licensee under
this Act a teaching permit to perform any experiment
specified in such licence for the purpose of illustrating such
lecture.

(2) Every teaching permit under this section shall be
subject to such conditions in addition to any conditions
specified in this Act as may be specified in such permit,
and such permit shall remain in force for twelve months
from the date on which it is granted.

9.41) Where the Minister is satisfied that the object of speclai
permits any experiment permitted to be performed by a licensee

under this Act would necessarily be frustrated-
(a) by the performance of such experiment under any

anaesthetic; or
(b) by killing the animal on which such experiment

is performed before it recovers from the influence
of any anaesthetic,

he may grant a special permit authorizing the licensee to
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anaesthetic to the animal or without killing the animal
before it recovers from the influence of such anaesthetic as
the case may be.

specify the period for which it shall remain m force.
(2) Any special permit under this section shall

Rccords lO.-(l) Every licensee under this Act shall keep, in
such form as may be prescribed, records of all painful
experiments performed by him.

(2) Every licensee under this Act shall permit any
person authorized in writing by the Minister to inspect any
records kept by him at any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
on any day other than a Sunday or public holiday.

(3) Every licensee under this Act shall permit any
person authorized in writing as aforesaid to enter and
inspect, for the purpose of securing compliance with the
provisions of this Act, any place specified in such licensee’s
licence for the performance of experiments.

and inspec-
lions.

Rctuma 11. Every licensee shall render to the Minister in such
form and at such time as may be prescribed such returns
as may be required in relation to any experiments performed
by him.

Bcaula-
ti0nE.

12.41) The Minister may make regulations generally
for the better carrying out of the provisions of this Act.

(2) Regulations made under this section may with-
out prejudice to the generality of the power conferred by
subsection (1) provide for the keeping of records of all
experiments performed by any licensee under this Act and
for the rendering of returns in relation to any experiments
performed under this Act.

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13. It shall be a condition of every licence or permit evocation of licence granted under this Act that such licence or permit may be orpcmit.
revoked at any time by the person granting it on his being
satisfied that such licence or permit ought to be revoked.

14. Every person who acts in contravention of any of the ptnaity.
provisions of this Act or of any condition of any licence
or permit granted under this Act shall be guilty of an
offence against this Act and upon conviction before a
Resident Magistrate shall be liable to a fine of one hundred
dollars or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six
months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

not be instituted except by or with the consent of the tioaof
Director of Public Prosecutions.

15. A prosecution under this Act against a licensee shall Restriction
on proam-

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