My detailed critique of Australian and New Zealand regulatory policy pertaining to laboratory animal use has just been published in the second edition of Animal Law in Australasia
(Federation Press, 2013). Most noteworthy are new calculations establishing that, even when very conservative figures are used, Australia was the fourth largest user of laboratory animals worldwide, both overall and per capita, and New Zealand the 28th largest user overall, and the 11th largest user per capita, in 2005 - the only year for which widespread international comparisons have thus far been available.
The chapter continues with a detailed balancing of the societal benefits of this research against the costs to the animals used, on the basis of which it concludes that animal ethics committees in both countries are routinely failing to ensure animal research is 'adequately justified', contrary to regulatory requirements. My chapter is entitled 'The Australasian Regulation of Scientific Animal Use: A Chimera of Protection', and includes detailed analyses of regulations governing laboratory animal use in both Australia and New Zealand.
See also: book webpage
and order form