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New Zealanders want curb on animal tests

pills in handMore than 70 per cent of New Zealanders surveyed said they wanted to see animal testing limited when new laws are introduced to test recreational drugs.


New Zealand is planning a Psychoactive Substances Bill on the regulation of what it calls 'party pills'. The NZ Health Select Committee is currently seeking submissions from the public on the Bill, and a research poll was carried out asking for public opinion on how the drugs should be tested.


NZ Green Party spokesperson Mojo Mathers is delighted that so many showed support for the use of alternatives. He has been quoted in the press as saying: "The initial proposals for testing these recreational drugs only included animal testing options and that is just not acceptable.


“New Zealanders love animals and want to protect them from being unnecessarily harmed; there are many non-animal testing options that need to be exhausted before we start using animals.


“Animal testing is not the default, it should be used only when unavoidable.”


Archived 13 June 2013