The Young Nats are speaking out against the Government for passing a law allowing legal highs to be tested on animals and are set for a showdown at a select committee hearing at Parliament this morning.
“Just weeks ago the Government passed a lab-rat law allowing legal highs to be tested on animals. It’s frankly cruel and insane” says Young Nats Policy Chair, Nick Cross.
“We believe animal testing for non-medical purposes is inconsistent with the principles of animal welfare and unnecessary to fulfill the aims of the Psychoactive Substances Act”.
Research by SAFE shows significant numbers of animals are killed (often over 50%) as a result of animal testing, and many animals are subjected to very severe suffering through procedures such as vivisection despite protections already in place under the Animal Welfare Act.
“We support the goals of the Psychoactive Substances Act, but animal testing simply isn’t justifiable. Our supporters are concerned with the implications for animals under the Act as it stands – which is why we’re supporting the Supplementary Order Paper Trevor Mallard has put forward to see the Act amended” says Young Nats Policy Chair, Nick Cross, who will be presenting to the Committee.
The Young Nats believe the Government needs to address the inconsistency of the Psychoactive Substances Act with animal welfare law in New Zealand.