I thought it might be time for a bit of an update on the party pill animal testing issue.
Late last year we highlighted the issue of party pills potentially being tested for safety on dogs. This came as part of the Government’s process to regulate party pills, legislation for which has just been introduced to the House. We are really supportive of better regulation to make sure party pills are safe but we need an ethical safety testing regime to make sure they are.
The science is clear that there are alternatives to animal testing in many, many cases of research.
There is a whole host of options to test new party pills before they need to be tested on live humans or animals. The technology has certainly come a long way. We now have computer models that can predict how chemicals will impact human health, and laboratory analysis and cell experiments that can rule out a lot of the more dangerous substances. There are also amazing microchips and models made to mimic the operation of human organs like lungs, livers, or bone marrow to understand what effect certain substances will have.
These can do a lot of the work just as well as, or even better than, testing on animals would.
Last week we saw the final phase of the European Union (EU) Cosmetics Directive come into force, meaning that no new cosmetic products and ingredients on sale in the EU can be tested on animals anywhere in the world.
What a great example of how animal testing is fast on its way out.
New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) has joined forces with SAFE and the New Zealand SPCA to launch a petition to prevent the testing of party pills on animals and I hope you will join me in supporting this campaign.