PETA Report Is Critical in Banning Animal Tests for Recreational Drugs in New Zealand

May 2014

Synthetically produced recreational drugs were being sold on store shelves in New Zealand until the government announced that all the drugs would be pulled until manufacturers presented test results proving that their products were safe, which meant that many new animal tests would be conducted. Animal rights activists working to stop this contacted PETA for assistance, and a PETA scientist provided a report on non-animal testing methods that could be used instead. This report proved vital in changing the mind of members of New Zealand’s Parliament, who voted to ban all animal testing for recreational drugs.

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