Animal Testing in NZ
"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is 'Because the animals are like us.'
Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."
Professor Charles R. Magel
On average around 300,000 animals per year are used in experimentation, testing and teaching in New Zealand - from cats and dogs to rabbits, deer, mice, rats, fish, birds, pigs, cows and guinea pigs.
Several years ago SAFE director Hans Kriek visited a research facility that conducted test on rodents to check the efficacy of vaccines developed for livestock.
"I will never forget the sad look on the faces of some of the guinea pigs that had been given lethal drug doses and were slowly dying," says Hans. " Alternative testing methods had been developed even then but despite that animal testing continued. I am outraged that nothing seems to have changed."