‘Legal Treatment of Animals in Disasters and Animals in Research: A U.S./Australia Comparison’

When: Thursday, 4 July 2013
Time: 12.00-1.00pm
Where: Moot Court Room,Ligertwood Building, The University of Adelaide

Synopsis: Professor Marsha Baum will present an overview of her comparison of the U.S. federal schemes and the Australian state schemes regulating the treatment of non-human animals in disasters and the use of non-human animals in research. Both companion animals in disasters and animals in research are regulated at the federal level in the U.S. while Australia emphasizes state regulation. The U.S. federal PETS Act was a response to Hurricane Katrina but the recent disasters in New York and Oklahoma have given new insights to the effectiveness of the federal PETS Act for companion animals. The PETS Act will be contrasted with a sampling of emergency management plans in Australian states. In addition, the U.S. Animal Welfare Act and the IACUCs which provide local oversight of use of animals in research will be compared with the Australian Code and the implementation of the Code in a sampling of Australian states.

Speaker: Professor Marsha Baum, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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