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


39% Increase in Animals Used for Experiments in NZ

39% Increase in Animals Used for Experiments in NZ

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) has condemned a surge in animal use for research, testing and teaching shown in information just released. The total number of animals used in 2014 was 310 287, an increase of 38.5% from 2013. The figures, normally released in the subsequent year, were released later than usual as the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) no longer includes this information in its annual report.

“This increase is hugely disappointing on the back of last year’s all-time low. It confirms what we knew then – the low was a one off glitch and NAEAC is failing in its supposed aim of replacing and reducing animal use for research and testing in New Zealand.” says NZAVS Executive Director Stephen Manson.

“We have seen an increase of 80% in the number of animals used for medical research, 95% of which are rodents and rabbits. That this is occurring when there is an ever growing weight of evidence in the scientific literature showing that animal models don’t reliably predict human responses shows we have a lot to catch up on. Assuming patients will react like they are 80kg rats is not a sound foundation for medical research.”

“There is some disturbing information with the numbers released. Reports of animals becoming fly-struck during an experiment and high levels of suffering of animals used in drug addiction studies.” Mr Manson added.

“Over half the animals used in New Zealand in 2014 were by Universities and Crown Research Institutes. Our taxes are funding this yet information on exactly what they are doing and why isn’t publically available. Secrecy and lack of openness and scrutiny is endemic to animal testing and research in New Zealand and needs to end. We’re still awaiting an investigation by the Ombudsman after Massey University refused to release any information about the 106 dogs used in medical research and the 79 used for product testing in 2013.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How National’s ”New” Welfare Plan Resurrects A Past Failure

Sam Uffindell’s defenders keep reminding us that he was only 16 at the time of the King’s College incident, and haven’t we all done things in our teens that, as adults, we look back on with shame and embarrassment? True. Let's be honest. Haven’t we all at one time or another, joined a gang and beaten a smaller, younger kid black and blue with wooden clubs? In that respect, Uffindell’s defenders on the streets of Tauranga risk sounding a bit like the psychiatrist Kargol played by Graham Chapman on Monty Python. Some of the media commentary has also noted how the Uffindell saga has taken the shine off National’s good poll results and distracted us all from the unveiling of an important welfare policy at the recent National Patty conference. OK… So let's put the spotlight back on that welfare policy...


National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>

Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>

National: Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation
Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>

Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>




InfoPages News Channels