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Professor David Mellor from Massey University is the new Chairperson of the Animal
Welfare Advisory Committee.
He takes over his duties from retiring chairman Professor Des Fielden, who was chair
for six years.
Professor Mellor sees AWAC remaining responsive to the needs and wishes of New
Zealand's many animal industry sectors and animal-owner groups, the changing national and
international perceptions regarding acceptable and unacceptable animal use, as well as
developments in our scientific understandings of what animals need in different
"In all of this, the committee needs to seek a wise balance between current
practice, and the need for and the practicalities of achieving change. There is also an
issue of public perceptions here and overseas, and the impact of these factors on the
image of New Zealanders as responsible and humane custodians of animals," he said.
Professor Mellor was Vice Chairman of the New Zealand branch of the Australian and New
Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching and a member of New
Zealand's National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) for six years from 1993.
He is the Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey
University and also holds the position of Distinguished Scientist in the Institute of
Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey. He spent 10 years as Head of the Department of
Physiology and Anatomy in the University's Faculty of Veterinary Science, and prior to
that 18 years as head of the Department of Physiology and Leader of the Perinatal Studies
Group at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1987 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Moredun Foundation of Animal Health
and Welfare (UK) for outstanding service towards improving the health and welfare of farm
Professor Mellor will come in as chairperson of the first 'National' Animal Welfare
Advisory Committee after the passing of the long-awaited Animal Welfare Act 1999 which
commences on 1 January 2000.