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The role and evolution of independent Government advisory committees: The New Zealand experience from 1985 to 2005

A. C. David Bayvel
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Wellington, New Zealand
In the New Zealand national animal welfare infrastructure, the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC), the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) all play important and discrete roles in ensuring that the New Zealand government receives independent, broadly-based advice regarding the use of animals in science, in agriculture and for other purposes. This paper covers the genesis, legal status and management disciplines associated with the New Zealand NAEAC/NAWAC system, including the role of the scientific community, Government and NGOs.

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