You may comply with this code if you intend to use animals from municipal pounds in scientific research. The code outlines the responsibilities of local councils and scientific organisations regarding the care and use of such animals, plus outlines record-keeping requirements.
Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code, you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge of cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.