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Animal welfare laws shift – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 7th, 2015.

A new law change in New Zealand recognises animals as having emotions and requires scientists to consider non-animal techniques before using animals in research. The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passed its final reading in parliament this week (full bill available here). The Bill amends the Animal Welfare Act (1999) in a number of ways, including […]

‘Opinion gap’ between science and public – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2015.

Is GM food safe to eat? Are humans responsible for climate change? Should we use animals in research? The views of scientists on these contentious questions are often very different from the public’s, according to a wide-ranging US survey, and highlight need for better dialogue. The Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association […]

Govt rules out animal testing for legal highs

John Kerr posted in on May 5th, 2014.

Prime Minister John Key has ruled out the use of animals in safety testing for new psychoactive substances. Speaking to Radio New Zealand and TVNZ Breakfast this morning, the Prime Minster stated that animal testing would not be part of a safety regime that requires manufactures of psychoactive substances to prove their products are low […]

‘Legal highs’ and animal testing – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 2nd, 2014.

New psychoactive substances laws require manufacturers to provide evidence that their product poses a ‘low risk’ to consumers before they can market it. Can they do it without animal testing? In the debate over the current legal status of novel psychoactive substances, questions have been raised over the ethics of using animal testing to prove […]

Ending animal testing in New Zealand – a response from scientists

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 7th, 2012.

An opinion piece in the NZ Herald this week challenged New Zealand to lead the world by banning animal testing outright. This push follows on the heels of a political controversy over proposed  safety testing methods for new “legal highs” or unregulated emerging recreational drugs. On Monday, after a report on toxicity assessments for novel psychoactive substances was […]

Kevin Tamati on animal testing – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on December 6th, 2012.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, former league star and  Community Action Youth & Drugs spokesperson Kevin Tamati offers a considered view of animal testing. An excerpt (read in full here): Kevin Tamati: Animal testing of drugs justified to save lives I don’t really understand why people take drugs, but I accept that it’s a […]

UK scientists on latest animal research statistics

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2009.

Medical experiments in the United Kingdom involving animals has shown its largest rise since modern records began, according to new government figures. Here’s a BBC news report on the publication of the statistics. Nearly 3.7m experiments were performed on animals last year, a rise of 454,000 or 14% on the previous year. The UK Science […]

UK scientists on revision of EU Animal Testing Directive

Peter Griffin posted in on May 8th, 2009.

UK experts comment on the EU Parliament plenary vote, which was passed in favour of revising EU Animal Testing Directive 86/609. Comments gathered by the Science Media Centre in London. Dr Richard Barker, Director-General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), said: “We are grateful that the European Parliament has come down on […]

EU proposes tighter rules on animal testing

Peter Griffin posted in on November 6th, 2008.

The Science Media Centre in Britain has done a round-up of scientists’ views on the a new European Commission proposal that aims to strengthen the protection of animals still used in scientific procedures and enhance the quality of research conducted in the EU. From the SMC UK The new provisions will also contribute to minimising […]

Using animals in research and testing

Peter Griffin posted in on June 26th, 2008.

“Blue sky to deep water: the reality and the promise” is the title of the annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) taking place in Auckland 29 June to 1 July 2008. 19 speakers and approximately 80 attendees are expected at the conference. […]

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