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16 September 1997
A conference highlighting ethical approaches to animal-based science is being held this week in Auckland.
The two-day conference is being held jointly by the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) and New Zealand's National Animal Ethics Advisory Council (NAEAC).
Topics covered at the conference will include ethical issues and animal use in science, promoting animal welfare, the effectiveness of animal ethics committees, avoiding and alleviating pain and suffering in animals used in science and Codes of Ethical Conduct.
Reduction, refinement and replacement - the 3Rs principles which minimise the numbers of animals used and minimise the pain and suffering experienced have been given prominence in the conference programme.
More than 180 participants have registered and these include scientists, researchers, teachers, animal welfarists and students from throughout New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
The guest speaker will be Professor Sir Colin Spedding (CBE), a world renowned agricultural scientist and high profile figure in agricultural marketing and research in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is chairman of the United Kingdom Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), Centre for Agricultural Strategy, the UK register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS), the Apple and Pear Research Council, and the Council of Science and Technology Institutes (CSTI), as well as being the author of numerous books and more than 200 published papers.
There will also be a debate involving opposing views regarding the prioritisation of animal, human, scientific and environmental issues in regard to animals. Debate
participants include RNZSPCA chairperson Peg Loague, Kevin Smith from the Royal Forest and Bird Society and Helen Hughes from the Environmental Risk Management Authority.
NAEAC was formed ten years ago. The committee provides independent, quality advice to the Minister of Agriculture on policy and practices relating to the use of animals in research, testing and teaching. ANZCCART's mission is to provide leadership in developing community consensus on ethical, social and scientific issues relating to the use of animals in research and teaching.
The conference is on September 19-20 in Auckland.
For further information contact:
Professor David Mellor, Vice Chair, ANZCCART, Telephone: (06) 3505066, Fax: (06) 3505674
Mr Keith Robinson, Chair, NAEAC, Telephone: (04) 4953457, Fax: (04) 4953458
Dr David Bayvel, MAF, Telephone: (04) 4744251, Fax: (04) 4744135