Animal Welfare innovation and ethics to be discussed

ANZCCART & AWAC Media Release

17 November 1999

An international conference on the animal welfare implications of recent scientific advances, designed to encourage informed public debate is taking place this week in Wellington.

The conference, entitled, Innovation, ethics and animal welfare: public confidence in science and agriculture is being held at Te Papa on 18-19 November.

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 the New Zealand Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC).

The conference is of interest to those involved in agriculture, science and the veterinary profession, and those interested in livestock production, animal welfare, and developing technologies and the associated ethical debate.

The conference has been booked out, with the maximum seating of 200 taken. Participants are attending from throughout New Zealand, as well as the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Farming animals in the year 2020: issues and options, is the focus of the conference's first day. On the second day science and trust will be the focus. Innovative technology such as cloning and transplantation will be explained in lay terms, along with discussion on the ethical dilemmas surrounding science and technology.

The conference is designed to provide a range of perspectives, and speakers include AWAC past Chairman Professor Des Fielden, Safe Food Campaign convenor and health spokesperson of the Green Party Sue Kedgley, Rick Christie from Rangatira Ltd, Dr Neville Gregory from MIRINZ Food Technology and Research and Dr Barbara Nicholas from the Christchurch School of Medicine.

Topic include 'green farming', sustainable farming, food for the future, markets of the future, cloning and transgenesis in animals, transplanting tissues and organs between species, scientists and the public interest, and a beginners guide to gene technology.

ANZCCART aims to provide leadership in developing community consensus on ethical, social and scientific issues relating to the use of animals in research and teaching. AWAC advises the Minister for Food, Fibre, Biosecurity and Border Control on all matters relating to the welfare of animals in New Zealand, other than experimental

For further information contact:

Dr David Bayvel, Director, Animal Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Biosecurity Authority, Telephone: 04 476 3009 (for a MAF perspective)
Professor David Mellor, chairman, AWAC, Telephone: 06 350 4807 (for an AWAC perspective)
John Martin, chairman, ANZCCART NZ, Telephone: 04 463 5708 (for an ANZCCART perspective).



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