In New Zealand, the farming and vivisection industries are heavily connected.
More than 300,000 animals are experimented on every year in New Zealand. Most of this 'research' is carried out by publicly owned institutes such as AgResearch. The majority of vivisection in New Zealand is aimed at increasing the profits of the meat and dairy industries.
Painful mutilations, electric shocks, cutting, freezing and burning - even without pain relief - is legal. Animal experimentation in New Zealand is regualted by Section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 entitled 'The Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching'. This section exempts persons who experiment on live animals from all the other requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. Most importantly, it exempts animal researchers who experiment on live animals from being prosecuted for animal cruelty.
For every genetically modified calf bred at AgResearch's Ruakura lab, many more died in the womb or were born deformed. AgResearch refuses to release information about animal experiments carried out with your tax money.
Animals are experimented on:
In the last two cases the differences between species is exploited by the experimenters and their backers as they are able to market chemicals hazardous to human health as 'safe' and potentially harmful food as a 'nutritional necessity' for humans - based on misleading results of animal tests.
Why is vivisection scientifically unreliable?
There are biological difference between humans and animals. Some things that work on animal don't work on humans and vice-versa. For example, the heart drug Eraldin. ICI carried out toxicity tests in rats and mice, in monkeys and rats for 2 weeks, in 70 rats and 24 dogs for 13 weeks, in 100 mice for 18 months and in 3 groups of 13 pregnant rabbits. Results from these tests led them to believe that Eraldin is "remarkably free from toxic effects". In just over 5 years, 1970-75, it claimed 7,000 victims in the UK alone. Causing severe damage to eyes, blindness and many deaths. By 1990 no one had been able to reproduce the harmful effects in animals.
However it is not only the cows used in vivisection that are exploited. The dairy cows themselves are exploited as well. Click here to learn more.
It is unnecessary for human health and well being to eat animals or animal products. Indeed it is often detrimental to one’s health to do so. Because we don't need animal products to be healthy, it is immoral to use them just because they taste good.
So fulfil your moral obligations to nonhuman animals by going vegan!
National Anti Vivisection Campaign 'vivisection is TORTURE' leaflet
National Anti Vivisection Campaign 'Vivisection in New Zealand' leaflet
National Anti Vivisection Campaign 'Help us stop ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS' factsheet