Ban Animal Testing in New Zealand

Target: Mojo Mathers, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson

Goal: Support the Green Party initiative to end animal testing in New Zealand

In the wake of the European Union’s Cosmetics Directive, the Green Party of New Zealand is urging the country to take notice and make the same promise to its citizens. If New Zealand follows through, it would mean a cosmetic testing ban on nearly every continent, a remarkable achievement for animal welfare.

The sudden increase in pressure to end cosmetic testing is also largely a response to New Zealand’s recent proposal to continue testing party pills and recreational drugs on dogs, which resulted in a great deal of public outcry. Mojo Mathers, spokesperson for the Green Party’s animal welfare group, made a statement saying, “New Zealanders, like Europeans, want to see the end of animal testing for recreational and cosmetic products, that’s why the public were so alarmed with proposals to test party pills on dogs.”

For many years now, New Zealand has been leading research on party pills and recreational drugs. If the nation’s leaders are able to change the way they regulate the industry, it could be a significant global influence. The Green Party hopes that New Zealand can lead other countries away from animal testing in the future by revealing new alternatives.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and not only thank the Green Party for its efforts, but also to show support for what could be a pivotal change in the global animal testing industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Mojo Mathers,

The Green Party has recently been leading the charge to end the use of animals for testing cosmetics and recreational drugs. If successful, you would not only be responsible for extending an animal testing ban to nearly every continent, but also show the world that party pills and makeup can be regulated without the use of animals.

Thank you for your contribution to animal welfare. Please continue to push these initiatives so that we may soon see a global cosmetics industry free of animal testing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. Ban animal testing! its cruel un human and useless.

  2. There can be no justification

  3. I live in New Zealand. Our government is just as corrupt as any other countries. It doesn’t mean that we are for the torture of innocent animals. So please don’t call us hypocrites. Our government is. I definitely signed this.

  4. Daryl Michael says:

    Animal testing should be banned it is barbaric and the results are worthless.

  5. SPREAD THE WORD! says:

    “It is an unpleasant but necessary reality”-Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne

    Necessary reality? What justifies the ‘necessity’ to danger and kill animals for the human good? Before animal rights are questioned, should we be questioning if alternatives to mimic illegal drugs be allowed and for what indication? Party pills have been increasing in prevalence particularly in the younger age groups of 16 – 24 and are commonly used in nightclubs and bars. Drug Use in New Zealand survey (2009) published that one in four users have operated a vehicle in the year between 2007 – 2008 while under the effects of party pills and 81 % have combined use with alcohol. Not only does party pills have negative effects on the norms of future generations but it poses dangerous risks for the users and those around them. Should dependence be the only factor separating what is available legally and illegally? Also noting from Drug Foundation NZ that there is insufficient information about the long-term use of these drugs from previous clinical trials. Should the government be reassessing the safety, quality and efficacy of these drugs before allowing them to be freely available to the public?

    Which brings the ethics and morals into this situation – do these drugs exceed the risk:benefit outcome from clinical trials? Take into consideration the Nuremburg Code (1946) which sets out the requirements of ethical research on humans, some of those which can be applied to other living beings. With respect to animal based research on party pills, will this experiment benefit the public enough to sacrifice lives? What prior arrangements have been made to protect animal health and are these people scientifically qualified to carry out such procedures? One of the requirements from Nuremburg Code is that the risk never exceeds humanitarian importance. Why shouldn’t animal importance be considered in this situation? It is highly disappointing to see that animals are being mistreated in the development and testing of a drug which produces potential harmful effects on humans.
    Peter Dunne, please do answer one single question for all us protesters: What benefit has party pills proven to be in society? Please give us any statistical data where these drugs have been advantageous for someones health, mental well-being or social status, perhaps it can allow us to understand your justification of allowing party pill testing on dogs. The practice of testing lethal dose 50 per cent (LD50) method on rats and dogs to determine the concentration of party pills to kill half the test group is highly unethical and as it is insignificant in humans. The difference in bioavailability, absorption, metabolism and excretion between the human body and testing animals means that there will be completely different results yielded between the two subject groups and there is no, again, ‘necessity’ for this method of testing. Furthermore, to administer a psychoactive stimulant to a high enough dose to be able to kill must mean severe side effects and torture for the animals.

    Perhaps the real ‘necessary reality’ is to realize that in this situation Peter Dunne has failed to prove benefits in health for both animals and humans, and THAT is unpleasant.

  6. 동물도 사람과 같은 소중한 생명입니다.

  7. haydee campos says:

    Stop with this.please.

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