Beagles being bred for drug testing at a Manawatu laboratory
have led to animal rights activists protesting outside an international science
conference in Auckland.
The three-day NZBio Conference began yesterday and was immediately targeted by
protesters waving banners and placards against the testing carried out by
speaker Allen Goldenthal.
Dr Goldenthal, who is the research director at the Valley Animal Research Centre
in Himatangi, was speaking at the conference about his work with animal testing
About 30 protesters from Animal Freedom Aotearoa camped outside the SkyCity
Convention Centre while he spoke, and member Jasmine Gray said the group was
calling for an end to testing on beagles. The beagles were kept in "unpleasant
and unsanitary conditions" and taken into frightening environments for testing,