SA state election - what does YOUR party say about animal experiments?

The South Australia State Election will be taking place on 17th March 2018 and HRA has contacted each of the parties to determine their position on animal experimentation. We understand that there are many factors to be considered when deciding your vote, however the following responses may assist you.

The questions we asked are:

  • Would you ensure that animal research statistics in South Australia would be made publicly available as already occurs in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia?
  • Would you implement some form of financial incentive (such as a grant or scholarship) for researchers to develop alternatives to animal experiments?
  • Would you legislate for the mandatory rehoming of ex laboratory animals (wherever possible) in order to strengthen the national code of practice which only suggests that rehoming should be “considered”?
  • Are there any further initiatives you would consider and implement concerning the reduction or replacement of animals in research?


This is how they responded:

Party

Publication of animal research statistics?

Financial incentives to develop alternatives?

Rehoming ex-lab animals?

Any other initiatives?

Animal Justice Party

YES. Without such publication it is impossible to monitor whether the 3Rs are being implemented or animals are being rehomed where possible, both requirements of the Code of Practice.

YES. Currently most funding goes to animal experiments, so even with good will researchers can't use non-animal methods if they have no money.

YES. To kill perfectly healthy animals simply because they are "surplus to requirements" is unconscionable.

The mandatory inclusion of a truly independent, science-educated member on each ethics committee, to whom lay members could turn for information. Currently lay members are in an untenable position. When a researcher says - no alternatives available - how can the lay people judge whether this is true? Could be a library person with science background who can seek out and summarise information on particular issues. A resource person.

Child Protection Party

Yes

Yes

Yes

Our position is that we are completely against animal experiments and wherever possible alternative methods are used. 

We would support all of the initiatives proposed by your organisation. 

Dignity Party

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Greens

Yes

Yes

Yes

We have consistently raised concerns in Parliament with regards to the use of animals in experiments in our state as well as lodging freedom of information requests that have exposed undue negligence and cruelty that we would like to see an end to and are prepared to both campaign and legislate against

Australian Labor Party

No response

No response

No response

Liberal Party

The State Liberals support the current arrangements whereby institutions who use animals as part of research and training are monitored and approved by an animal ethics committee. We are also supportive of ethics committees providing a copy of their annual reports to the chief executive of DEWNR and for the external reviewing of animal ethics committees at least every four years.

A Marshall Liberal Government would establish a research scholarship to fund university research into discovering alternatives to animal testing. This will be an annual research scholarship to the value of $25,000.

The State Liberals support the current national code of practice and would look at ways to further promote rehoming.

Stop Population Growth Now

n/a

n/a

n/a

Our party does not have detailed policies on the matters you have raised, but we would be generally supportive of the measures you have listed to ensure animal welfare.


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