Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


It’s Time to Ban Animal Testing of Legal Highs for Good

It’s Time to Ban Animal Testing of Legal Highs for Good

Peter Dunne has announced that all ‘legal highs’ that have temporary approvals are to be banned in New Zealand when new legislation passes in early May. Organisations that are campaigning to not allow any animal testing of recreational drugs are urging that animal testing not be used to get them back on sale. A ban on animal testing is currently being considered by the Primary Production Select Committee which is due to report back about it on 26 June 1014.

“These drugs are about to stop being sold with government approval, now we just need the government to not allow animals to be killed by the drug manufacturers to try and show ‘low-risk’ and get them back in shops. The government should do this at the same time they remove the drugs from sale.” said NZ Anti-Vivisection Society spokesperson Stephen Manson

“The government want to know the drugs be of low risk but animal testing won’t show this. Nine out of ten drugs tested on animals fail when they get to humans[1]. The data from animal testing gets it wrong more often than tests based on rigorous modern non-animal testing.[2]

“We can’t let the people making millions from selling these drugs kill animals so they can get their products on shelves again. If New Zealand wants legal highs back on sale quickly then allow animal testing; if we want them to be required to pass a strict consistent testing regime that gets it right more often than animal testing’s one in ten times then don’t allow animal testing. It might make it harder for the manufacturers as fewer labs have the technology to do the more modern non-animal tests but it’s by far the best option for the public and animals.

“Both government animal advisory committees oppose animal testing legal highs[3] as do the vast majority of New Zealanders[4]. That the current government is still insisting animal testing be allowed in the face of such opposition is bewildering, especially when there are proven reliable non-animal tests available.

“There’s nothing stopping then passing a ban on animal testing - if the drugs can’t be shown to be safe with the best non-animal tests available sacrificing animals to try and show otherwise should not be allowed.”

[1] http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108576.htm
2 http://www.nzavs.org.nz/submissions/psychoactive-substances-bill
3 National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee submission: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0001998314 (see page four)
National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee submission: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0001998326 (see page five)
4 http://horizonpoll.co.nz/page/307/why-kiwis-wo

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news