Target: New Zealand Parliament
Goal: Reconsider ban on animal testing for recreational drugs
Politicians in New Zealand recently voted down a measure that would prohibit the testing of animals for recreational drugs. The proposed amendment to the Psychoactive Substances Bill is similar to legislation that has been adopted in many other places, including the United Kingdom. The outcome of the vote was a disgrace, and New Zealand politicians are evidently failing to recognize the value of animal lives over the profits of drug companies. Urge these politicians to take a stand for animal rights in the future and vote in favor of humane legislation.
Because these new drug laws are a large step backward for animal rights progress, many suspect that New Zealand’s negative example will influence other areas to vote against similar measures. Already, animal activists in New Zealand are outraged and have termed the outcome “shameful.” Instead of following the progress of many European societies by banning animal testing, New Zealand has disgraced itself by feeding the needs of drug companies at the expense of animal lives.
Some scientists assert that a jump from lab testing directly to human testing is dangerous, yet the United States is successfully ending animal testing for toxicology, while India and parts of Europe have banned animal testing for the use of cosmetics. Thus far, nothing catastrophic has occurred. Stephen Manson, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society spokesperson, believes that animal testing altogether is being “phased out” across the globe, and this is something to look forward to.
It is inhumane to continue to exploit animals for substances such as cocaine, LSD, opium, ecstasy, and other drugs used for the purpose of recreation. The endorsement of cruelty for the sake of drug company profits illustrates a twisted display of materialism in today’s politicians as well as a complete lack of compassion.
We cannot continue to use the bodies and minds of innocent creatures for sport. Societies must work towards an age when animal testing is no longer necessary, and banning testing for the purpose of recreational drugs is a good place to start. Urge the New Zealand Parliament to consider this for future legislation and vote in favor of humane measures.
Dear New Zealand Parliament,
You recently voted down a measure that would prohibit the use of data from animal testing for recreational drugs. I would like to voice disapproval of your decision and urge you to reconsider your values and the values of your country. While animal testing is arguably necessary to find cures for serious illnesses and disease, it is an unfortunate practice that saves the lives of human beings. Recreational drug use is not a necessary practice that saves or benefits human life, and therefore your approval of animal testing for such activity shows that you value monetary profit over the intrinsic value of innocent life.
Animals are a fascinating addition to this world, and your willingness to allow their exploitation for the continuation of recreational drugs is indeed shameful. Please consider voting in favor of humane legislation in the future, and vote in favor of measures that protect life, not profit.
[Your Name Here]
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