2008 Animal L. Comm. Newsl. 1 (2008)

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Spring 2008


         Animal Law Committee




ANIMALS AND BIOENGINEERING CONFERENCE AT DUKE: AN OPEN

DIALOGUE ON SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION AND ANIMAL ADVOCACY
Jane Graham


   Six months ago, I would have never imagined
being in the same room as scientists and bioethicists,
Gilda Mariani, Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance
Practice Section Animal Law Committee, stated, as she
opened the conference Animals and Bioengineering: A
Consideration of Law, Ethics, and Science at Duke
University School of Law. The first of its kind, this
conference, last November, engaged the speakers and
audience in a calm and informed dialogue on the issues
of ethics, bioengineering, and cloning. It was a motley
audience, composed of animal rights activists, scien-
tists, government regulators, and a Canadian Supreme
Court Justice, among others. One might have expected
a riot to break loose due to the variety of opposing


viewpoints in the room. On the contrary; conference
attendees cordially exchanged viewpoints and business
cards, forging relationships spanning across their fields
of expertise. The curiosity of scientific innovations
and the love of animals were mutual.
   The conference started with a panel about the legal
history on the subject. Betty Goldentyer, the Eastern
Regional Director of the Animal Care Program of the
USDA,  traced the history of the Animal Welfare Act
from its inception in 1965 to present day, including
such issues as the 2002 Helms Amendment. The Helms
Amendment  has been of concern to animal activists
recently because it excludes birds, rats and mice from
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