rights campaigners today claimed a victory after a major scientific conference
was cancelled in Auckland
Eden, of the National Anti Vivisection Campaign said the annual Australian
and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching
conference at Ellerslie Events Centre was cancelled because the centre was
"nervous of protest action".
was due to start on Sunday and run to July 1, but Mr Eden said the council
had advised delegates it was off.
it was the second time the animal research conference had "lost"
2005, the National Library in Wellington, opposite Parliament, announced
yesterday the conference booking had been cancelled, two weeks before it
was due to start.
cancellation was after animal rights supporters bombarded the library with
letters and emails promising noisy protests throughout the three-day conference.
said campaigners opposed the use of over 300,000 live animals in experiments
and research annually, in which 17,000 faced severe suffering, such as wounding,
electric shocks, lethal toxins, cutting, freezing and burning.
are pleased that this event has been cancelled," he said.
another animal welfare group, Campaign Against Factory Farming, welcomed
the news a broiler chicken and battery hen operation at Papakura had been
closed down, following the successful prosecution of Wellington Egg Company
owners Trevor and Sandi Chin last year.