Forty thousand people have signed a Labour Party petition
calling for animal testing of synthetic highs to end.
Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard said 5000 more
signatures were sought before it would be presented in
parliament next week.
The petition is a response to the government's move to ban
legal highs, which may result in some products being tested
on animals in order to prove they are safe. A testing regime
has not yet been proposed.
"It's amazing just how strongly people feel about this. The
petition was only launched a couple of days ago and the names
are rolling in," Mr Mallard said.
"The petition will pressure John Key to stop drug dealers
testing highs to be sold in New Zealand on animals either
here or offshore," Mallard said.