Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Explanation sought for animal experiments

18 August 2005

Explanation sought for publicly-funded animal experiments

The Minister of Agriculture must explain to New Zealanders why scientists secretly experimented on 246,000 animals last year, including genetically engineering 7922 animals, Green Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.

"In particular we need an explanation as to why scientists considered it necessary to subject more than 12,000 animals to severe or very severe suffering," she says.

Fifty-nine percent of the experiments were carried out in publicly funded institutions such as Crown Research Institutes, government departments and universities.

"Yet no explanation was offered in the just-released annual National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee report as to why these experiments took place, or what they involved.

"We demand accountability in every other activity of government, why isn't there any when it comes to the controversial area of animal experimentation?

"Surely as taxpayers we are entitled to some explanation as to why these experiments were conducted, especially why more than 12,000 animals were subjected to severe suffering," Ms Kedgley says.

"The only other taxpayer-funded activity that is so shrouded in secrecy, and for which there is no system of public accountability, is the SIS. The annual report is nothing more than PR spin designed to conceal the real truth about what happens to live animals when they are used for scientific experiments.

"It gives us a couple of tables of statistics but provides no public accountability or justification for the experiments, or the amount of suffering involved. It is time the excessive secrecy surrounding animal experiments was lifted, and the public informed about what experiments are being carried out on the public purse." Even as an MP Ms Kedgley has continued to be denied information by publicly funded organisations that experiment on animals.

"I have requested information under the Official Information Act and both publicly-funded organisations and private companies have refused to provide it. Two years ago officials promised that they would introduce some openness and accountability into the secret world of animal research.

They promised to publish summaries of all research projects involving animal experiments on their website, but none of their promises have been kept and we are all as much in the dark as ever."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news