Newcastle Consensus Meeting 2013

Friday 09 August 2013 01:00
Newcastle upon Tyne

Millions of laboratory animals are killed each year, but the evidence regarding which methods for killing these animals are the most humane remains controversial.

This meeting presents an opportunity to hear the latest research findings on animal welfare aspects of various laboratory animal euthanasia techniques, followed by an extended discussion session of the issues raised. At the end of the meeting we aim to produce a consensus view on the humaneness of various euthanasia techniques, as well as which areas are most in need of further research.

The meeting will provide an update to the 2006 Newcastle consensus report.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Behavioural and physiological assessment of aversion to inhaled euthanasia agents (CO2, Argon, Anaesthetics etc.)
  • Euthanasia of neonates - are they conscious enough to suffer?
  • Euthanasia of laboratory fish
  • Physical methods of euthanasia - are they the humane alternative?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Larry Carbone - Lab Animal Resource Center, University of California,  San Francisco
  • Huw DR Golledge - Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University
  • Craig B Johnson - Institute of Veterinary, Animal & Biomedical Sciences, Massey University
  • Helen L Valentine - University of Iowa
  • Joanna Makowska - Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia
  • Daniel M Weary - Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia
  • Nicole Marquardt - Freie Universität, Berlin

Moderators: Mark Prescott, NC3Rs and Penny Hawkins, RSPCA.

This meeting is free to attend, but registration is essential. See the NC3Rs policy on meeting attedance (below). Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For further information please contact: huw.golledge@ncl.ac.uk