In 2011, over 300,000 animals were tested upon in NZ. That number is already far too high - now politicians are talking about testing legal 'party pills' on more animals.
The New Zealand Health Department is currently considering a plan that would see legal 'party pills' and synthetic cannabis tested on animals. Animal experimentation in that country is only "allowed if there is a proven benefit and if that benefit outweighs the cost to the animals." Testing party drugs does not even come close to meeting that standard.
Before getting approval to sell their drugs, manufacturers will have to ensure that their use wouldn't be harmful to humans. The NZ government has immediately turned to the out-dated and unnecessary option of animal testing to prove this. This is despite initial plans to test the drugs on willing people.
It is expected that the drugs would be tested on rodents and dogs, though testing on these animals is next to useless in predicting the psychoactive effect they would have on humans. As the national president of the NZ SPCA said of the plan, "There's absolutely no justification for it, no matter which way you look at it."
Let the NZ Health Department know that they must be high already if they think that testing party drugs on dogs and other animals is a good idea.