174. Protection of animals undergoing experiments or other scientific procedures.

Authority for, and the conduct and regulation of, experiments or other scientific procedures on living animals is provided by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. A protected animal under that Act is any living1 vertebrate2 other than man and any living cephalopod3, but such protection extends to any such vertebrate in its foetal, larval or embryonic form4 from the stage of its development when:


    (1)     in the case of a mammal, bird or reptile, two-thirds of the gestation or incubation period for its species has elapsed