Party Pill Animal Testing To Be Reconsidered

by Desk Editor on Thursday, August 29, 2013 — 10:54 AM

Parliament is to reconsider the law allowing animals to be used in the testing of party pills.

The first reading of the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill was completed this morning on a voice vote and MPs also agreed an SOP should be considered to ban animals being used to test the safety of psychoactive substances.

ACT MP John Banks said the recent passage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill had allowed animals to be used to test the safety of party pills and it was immoral and cruel animals should suffer and die for people’s pleasure.

A number of MPs backed Banks including Labour’s Trevor Mallard who said he wanted the select committee to specifically look at the use of animal testing for party pills. Mallard said the issue had “gone viral”

A motion to vote on a referral of his SOP seeking to ban the use of animals in the testing of psychoactive substances was accepted by leave and then passed on a voice vote.

The minister responsible Nathan Guy said New Zealand had one of the best animal welfare regimes in the world, but a review showed it should be improved and modernised.

A number of MPs said the bill did not go far enough in other areas and talked about the need for greater regulation of animal testing in general, factory farm practices and live animal exports.

MPs began the first reading debate on the Victims’ Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill

The following bills remain in the Urgency motion.

First reading debates on:

Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill

Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill

Second Reading debate on:

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill

Victims of Crime Reform Bill

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