Animals ‘to pay with their lives' for recreational drugs

The Psychoactive Substances Bill has become law to the dismay of anyone who cares about animals. Animals are likely to pay with their lives for these drugs to be tested.

The Bill will require manufacturers of recreational drugs to prove that these drugs will pose only a low risk to consumers before they are allowed to bring them onto the market.

There is nothing wrong with that of course; safety for consumers is important and, given that these drugs are widely consumed, setting safety standards makes perfect sense.

What is appalling, however, is that animals are likely to be killed so these drugs can be tested.

SAFE and supporters took part in the national marches in July and have put up an eye-catching 15-metre-long billboard in Wellington.

If animal testing is carried out in the approval process for recreational drugs, politicians can expect legal challenges and a huge public outcry. The Government will be held to account for any suffering inflicted.

SAFE will be lobbying MPs on this issue as part of the upcoming review of the Animal Welfare Act, and will demand that a ban is written into the legislation.

July 2013