ATLA Staff Writer
This congress, organised jointly by the European Biomedical Research Association (EBRA) and the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA), was held in Brussels in December 1996. The aim of the congress was to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to stimulate discussion and debate on the ethics of animal research, and to seek areas of common ground between the animal protection movement and animal researchers. The speakers therefore represented a wide range of views, and included research scientists, government regulators, philosophers and animal welfarists.
This one-day symposium, held in London on 18 March 1997 and organised by the RSPCA, was cited as “a conference exploring a central theme of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986”. The symposium was well-attended, with the audience and speakers holding a wide range of views and experiences. As the symposium marked the tenth year of the Act, it was intended to act as a forum for debate, to stimulate discussion between animal welfare groups and animal users, and to address the ethical principles and scientific validity of animal use.
Michael F.W. Festing
Buried in Table 15, under the general heading of Risk Management in the European Commission’s proposed fifth programme of “policy and action in relation to the environment” (1992), is a target for a reduction of 50% in the numbers of vertebrates used for experimental purposes by the year 2000. The implications of this target were discussed at a meeting held in Brussels on 14 and 15 April 1997, which included representatives from national governments, regulatory authorities, the European Commission and the European Parliament, animal welfare organisations, commercial companies and academia.
The inaugural meeting of the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) Alternatives Section took place in London on 5 June 1997. The meeting, entitled “Where are we up to with replacement?”, addressed a number of issues related to the use of replacement alternatives. The 32 members of the audience came from a variety of backgrounds and had a wide range of expertise.
Caren Broadhead and Anne-Marie van Zeller
In 1995, the Animal Procedures Committee (APC) reported its considerations on the means by which local ethical review processes (ERPs) could be improved. It reviewed a variety of published material, the most relevant being reports by the Boyd Group and the RSPCA. In response to the APC report, the Home Office invited Certificate Holders to consider whether their establishment would benefit from the implementation of one or other of a variety of ERPs described.
ATLA Staff Writer
This meeting, held in Vienna on 16–17 November 1998, was organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transport, during the Austrian Government’s first Presidency of the European Union (EU). Animal testing represents a sensitive issue throughout the EU, and culture and animal protection are inseparably linked. The level of responsible treatment of animals within research in general, and during animal testing in particular, reflects the degree of humanity within society.
This joint meeting of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) and the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) was held in Palma, Majorca, on 26–28 May 1999.