The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has thrown their support behind the rehoming of ex-lab animals in New Zealand.
The declaration comes after a petition asking for a mandatory retirement policy for ex-lab animals was decided against by MPs in the Primary Production Select Committee.
Both MPI and the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee have said initiatives to support rehoming ex-lab animals will be developed.
New Zealand Anti-vivisection Society (NZAVS) executive director, Tara Jackson told RadioLIVE’s Wendyl Nissen even though the Primary Production Select Committee said no to their petition, the group weren’t put off from continuing their campaign to give ex-lab animals a second chance at life
“We use around 300,000 animals a year in New Zealand for research testing and teaching purposes, and we use a wide variety of animals; cows, pigs, sheep, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs – there’s a long list of animals that we use in New Zealand still,” she told RadioLIVE.
Ms Jackson says research labs are using animals for a wide variety of experiments.
“In New Zealand, we’re still doing highly invasive experiments on animals; we’re still using rats for testing recreational drugs, we’re still testing ecstasy on rats.
“We’re still doing some awful things in New Zealand – we’re not separate from the rest of the world like we think we are,” she said.
Listen to the full interview Tara Jackson above.
The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.