Over ten thousand people have signed our petition asking the government to enact a mandatory animal retirement policy for animals used in research, testing and teaching (RTT). We have been campaigning for this with HUHA for over two years now!
We have now set an official date for when we will be visiting parliament to hand over the petition:
When: Thursday 27th April, 11am-12pm
Where: Parliament Grounds/House, Molesworth Street (on the front lawn in front of the statue)
We want to make it so that ex-RTT animals are offered up for public adoption through registered rescue organisations instead of being euthanised; and that this policy also include all surplus and breeding animals.
There are many ways this could be done in practice. The essential criteria for this policy are:
• Retirement has to be the first option before any other is considered
• They should go to willing and able rescue organisations to rehabilitate and rehome
• Some history has to be provided to aid in rehabilitation
• Animals used to breed from need to be included. They deserve the same hope
Policies like this are already in place in Australia and are being introduced in the United States of America and elsewhere. There is no reason why New Zealand cannot help lead the way and make this a reality here.
How can you help?
- Makes sure that you've shared the petition with all of your whanau and friends
- Send any paper copies of the petition back to us by 10th April (you can send these to Freepost 243173, NZ Anti-Vivisection Society, PO Box 9387, Tower Junction, Christchurch 8149)
- Donate to NZAVS so that we can continue to actively campaign to put an end to animal experimentation
- Send a direct message to parliament before we submit the petition! Find out more here
Read more on the campaign here