Parliament will reconsider
testing recreational drugs on dogs and rats as part of animal
welfare reforms debated in the House today.
MPs backed the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill at its first
reading this morning, and also agreed that a select committee
should consider a Labour amendment to rule out experiments on
animals to prove the safety of legal highs.
It was the second attempt by the Opposition to prevent
drug-makers from testing recreational drugs on animals.
Parliament last month voted against an amendment to the
Psychoactive Substances Bill which would have ruled out the
use of dogs and rats as part of a new legal highs testing
That bill allowed drug makers to use animal testing, but only
if there were no alternatives.
Labour MP Trevor Mallard said Parliament had effectively
State-sponsored cruelty to animals. He said it was immoral
for animals to suffer and die "so people can get high".
His amendment to the animal welfare legislation had prompted
a significant response. More than 5000 supporters flooded
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy's inbox with emails in
the last two days.
The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill allowed minimum standards
of welfare to be enforced and gave Government power to set
mandatory standards for exporting live animals.
- By Isaac Davison of
the NZ Herald