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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
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
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
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).