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Over the past 18 months, animal rights organizations across New Zealand have worked to ban the testing of “legal high” drugs – synthetic marijuana – on animals. New Zealand passed a bill last year legalizing these designer drugs, and took to testing these recreational drugs on animals, in the same manner that pharmaceuticals are tested.

Perhaps, the people who mandated the testing of these drugs on animals must have been doing some “testing” themselves…As Humane Society International points out, testing recreational drugs on animals is not only cruel and unnecessary but it stands on very shaky moral ground. It’s a little like force feeding a rabbit beer to determine whether blood-alcohol limits for driving should be revised…doesn’t make much sense.

Luckily, since the ban on legal psychoactive drugs has passed in New Zealand, all tests of the drug on animals will end. Not only that, but New Zealand Parliament has also agreed to nullify the test results so they cannot be used to attest to the safety of psychoactive substances in humans.

As Humane Society International so beautifully states this is “not just a victory for animal welfare but for modern science, too[!]”

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37 comments on “Victory! New Zealand Bans Testing Psychoactive Drugs on Animals”

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Christopher Montealegre
3 Years Ago

they should just test them on themselves, go nuts, set their labs on fire and blow their brains out

Sarah De Goldi
3 Years Ago

It's a great start! Proof that standing up and protesting for what you believe in can encourage change. There were many organised gatherings & marches up & down the country. Petitions sent to the government. Using FB support pages & media coverage large numbers got together to speak up for those without a voice. Proud to be a kiwi

Terri Gehrke
3 Years Ago


Eileen Young
3 Years Ago

This is wonderful news!

Louise Reardon
3 Years Ago

No animal should ever be used for testing!

Leeyoon Teng
3 Years Ago

It great. Hope so this is in justice Ban all. Thanks to New Zealand.

Phillip Moore
3 Years Ago

I love beagles!!!!

Анюточка Тырина
3 Years Ago

Liam Gallagher Aislinn Forbes Nick Johnson Nissy Hamdi

Sunflower Lanna
3 Years Ago

Does the law will act through the world?

Davorin Piljic
3 Years Ago

I want to be an animal in new zealand


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