Vivisection and Agriculture

Many people do not realise that in New Zealand a large proportion of animal-based research is done in order to assist the animal agriculture industries. Find out more in this article!

The Connection

The majority of the animals used in experiments in New Zealand are used in work related to animal based agriculture. In New Zealand, the farming and vivisection industries are heavily connected. Thousands of animals are experimented on in New Zealand every year in an attempt to sustain the commercial farming of animals and profits for the chemical companies. .

Animals are experimented on:

  • in attempts to make them more productive (eg attempts to increase the milk yielded from cows)
  • to test and produce agricultural chemicals and animal remedies
  • in toxicological testing to try to provide ‘safety’ levels of these chemicals for humans

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society does not condone vivisection done for any purpose, including that which is done to bolster agriculture. Dairy cows in New Zealand, for example, have been bred and experimented on to produce such large quantaties of milk that they experience severe threats to their health. 


Fistulated Cow

fistulated cow
Fistulated or cannulated cow photographed at Massey University in 2000.



The picture above is of a fistulated cow at Massey University, who was being used for a experiment testing the nutritional value of a new feed variety. The cannula in her side was implanted to make her stomach easily accessible from the outside, so that samples from her stomach could be tested. After the initial surgery to implant the cannula, it takes up to six weeks for a cow to recover — presumably she experiences quite a bit of pain during this time due to this uneccessary surgery.


Another purpose of a fistulated cow is to provide rumen fluid to unhealthy cows. Because of the intensity of the dairy industry and the strain placed on cows many experience health problems. Rumen-fluid is taken from a healthy fistulated cow and given to sick cows. The cannula provides easy access to the stomach of the fistulated cow — as if a sentient animal was car at a gas station!


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