In this activity, students consider the use of mice for bioassays and in establishing the lethal dose when researching/testing toxins. They consider the rights and responsibilities of all those affected by these methods and make a decision as to whether mice should be used in researching and testing for toxins.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- identify the use of animals in research or testing as a controversial issue
- demonstrate a scientific understanding of the controversial issue
- make a decision as to whether mice should be used in testing for toxins and be able to justify their decision.
Download the Word file (see link below) for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- student handout.
Ethics and research animals is a class case study of using animals in research in a year 7–8 class.
Explore why dogs died on Auckland beaches in 2009 and meet the most poisonous creature in New Zealand – the grey side-gilled sea slug! Find out how the scientists collaborate with others – particularly iwi – to help keep people safe from toxins found in kaimoana. Take a look at how shellfish are monitored for toxins.
Read about legal aspects of animal welfare on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.
An Otago Daily Times article about who uses animals in testing.