Death as an endpoint
"Death as an end-point" (DAEP) Scientific Procedures are rare, potentially highly invasive procedures where the death of an animal is the measure for evaluating an activity, and where the animal will not be killed humanely prior its death (see the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes). Death as an endpoint procedures may only be carried out for the achievement of prescribed, highly beneficial outcomes, and only where the objective cannot be achieved by any other scientific means (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008). These procedures must be approved by the Minister for Agriculture, and any modifications to a previously approved DAEP project must also be submitted to the Minister for consideration. An application for ministerial approval to conduct these procedures may be obtained from the Forms page.
It is an offence liable for prosecution for a person to carry out Scientific Procedures involving the eye of an animal to determine the irritancy of a chemical or biological agent, unless those procedures are done under terminal anaesthesia.