End All Animal Testing in New Zealand

lab rat by janet stephens

Target: New Zealand government

Goal: Ban the testing of all products on animals.

New Zealand recently updated its Animal Welfare Amendment bill to say that animals are to be considered sentient beings. Prior to this, animals were often referred to as objects or things in the legal world.

Because animals are now considered sentient beings legally, animal welfare advocates are hoping that this will mean more severe and quicker punishment for animal abusers and more transparency.

New Zealand had previously banned testing of cosmetics on animals. However, animal testing has not been banned for all products.

Urge New Zealand authorities to extend its Animal Welfare Amendment Bill to stop all animal testing.


Dear New Zealand lawmakers,

Your recent updates to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill recognizing animals as sentient beings made great strides toward animal welfare.

Your previous ban on testing cosmetics on animals is also commendable. However, animal testing is still allowed for other products. When it comes to animal welfare, what difference does it make which product is being tested on the animal? The animal feels pain and experiences stress regardless of the product that is being tested on it.

We the undersigned urge you to continue making positive strides in animal welfare and ban all testing on animals in New Zealand.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Janet Stephens

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  1. Jackie Martinez says:

    Why are we demanding New Zealand to stop all animal testing while we still do it here in the US?

  2. Estelle Wadsworth says:

    It’s not necessary to use a live animal to do your testing, their are plenty of prisoners that would volunteer for a couple of bucks, and are serving life or double life sentences.

  3. Heather Brophy says:


  4. ABSOLUTELY, yes!!!! Ban ALL these useless, trumped-up tests that do NOTHING for extrapolating results to humans, and follow the spirit of INTENT behind finally deeming other life forms as SENTIENT, as they are! Otherwise, they’re all just empty words on a pointless page.

  5. NO ONE USES ANIMALS IN RESEARCH ANYMORE! IT’S USELESS AND NEEDLESS! WE HAVE ALTERNATIVE HUMANE METHODS FOR RESEARCH NOT USING ANIMALS! Use human-based methods such as medical simulation, which is documented to provide equivalent or superior training compared to the use of animals. Make the switch to SIMULATION. Animals deserve retirement from the horrific life in laboratories and a chance to live the rest of their lives filled with peace, enrichment, happiness and comfort — they deserve it! Let’s do this for them.

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