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Let Animals Live ‘Out of the Labs’

Paw Prints ask Parliament to Let Animals Live ‘Out of the Labs’

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and animal sanctuary Helping You Help Animals (HUHA) were in Wellington CBD today letting Parliament know that New Zealanders want animals ‘Out of the Labs’.

NZAVS and HUHA created an installation in Civic Square made up of hundreds of messages from people all over New Zealand. The messages were written on paw prints, each one asking Parliament to acknowledge the organisations’ collaborative petition, ‘Out of the Labs’.

‘Out of the Labs’ asks the government to introduce a mandatory retirement policy for animals used for research, testing and teaching. The retirement policy would also extend to animals used for breeding purposes.

“Currently there is no incentive for researchers and breeding facilities to rehome animals after research is complete, and the vast majority are euthanized,” stated Cressida Wilson, Campaign Manager of NZAVS.

“These animals can be rehabilitated and rehomed through registered animal rescues such as HUHA. HUHA rescued and rehomed beagles from Valley Animal Research Centre in 2011. NZAVS cared for two ex-lab rats who passed away recently. These animals deserve a second chance at life.”

Tara Jackson, Executive Director of NZASV commented: “The petition has over 10,000 signatures. This is clearly an issue that New Zealanders feel strongly about.”

The ‘Out of the Labs’ petition will be presented at Parliament on the 27th of April, 2017.


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