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Animal Testing in NZ

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.

“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


Uncover the Facts

Science Experiments

In 2009 a total of 297,111 live animals were experimented on. 55% were killed, or died as a result of the experiment. In 2010 242,149 animals were used, in 2011 326,770 and 2012, 301,964. A total of 224,048 animals were used in testing in 2013 – a 25.9% decrease over the previous year.

Cosmetics Testing

Globally, crude and painful experiments continue to be carried out on thousands of animals to test new cosmetics and household products or their ingredients. Many of these products are for sale in New Zealand.

Take Action

  • Don’t buy products tested on animals – check out SAFEshopper, SAFE’s cruelty-free guide.
  • Spread the word about animal testing and share our Laboratory Horror infographic.


Labratory Horror

Alone; scared; defenceless; in pain. Just imagine being a laboratory animal.

Did you know that in the last 12 years over 3 million animals have been used for testing, research, and teaching in New Zealand?

Because animal testing is shrouded in secrecy most of us have no idea what really goes on. Please share this infographic with your friends and family.


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Eating a plant-based diet is the most important thing you can do to help animals. It's a simple switch, but it makes a big difference. You'll feel great knowing that you are putting your values into action. Challenge yourself to give it a try. We bet you’ll find it tastier and easier than you ever imagined!

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