Ethics Guidelines & Strategies
The insects and other Arthropods used by Bugs Ed. presenters are not subject to this legislation as they do not fall under the Acts definition of an animal. According to the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 an animal is defined as any of the following:
A live member of a vertebrate animal taxon (for example an amphibian; bird; fish; mammal, other than a human being; or a reptile)
A live unborn or pre-hatched in the later stages of development such as a mammal or reptile foetus or a pre-hatched bird mammal or reptile
Live marsupial young
A live invertebrate from the Class
Cephalopoda or Malacostraca (which includes octopi; squids; crabs;
crayfish; lobsters and prawns)
Ensure that our insects are provided with adequate food, water, shelter and any other factors required for their survival & well being (such as temperature, humidity & substrate)
Ensure that all staff are trained in the proper handling & care of these creatures
Ensure that the handling of insects by students is limited only to those species who are tolerant of this treatment and will not suffer any ill effects by being touched
Ensure that insects being handled are continuously swapped, so that no one specimen is over handled to a point that it will disrupt its normal feeding or resting behaviour Ensure that students are properly supervised whilst handling the insects and that anyone who poses a risk to the well being of our insects will not be allowed to participate
If you would like to know more about Animal Ethics Guidelines within Australian Schools, please go to http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/A/AnimalCaPrA01.pdf for more information.
If you have any concerns or questions about our insect management strategy, please contact me at email@example.com to discuss.
Director, Entomologist & Presenter
Last updated 12th January, 2017