Nationwide rally condemns animal testing for party-drugs (part tahi)
Image courtesy of HUHANZ
NZ, Wellington, 30 July – Thousands of animal rights campaigners, animal lovers, and other people who oppose testing party drugs and synthetic cannabis on animals protested against the Psychoactive Substances Bill on Tuesday 30 July.
The weather was beautiful – warm, sunny, and an almost cloudless sky. Aside from a wintery nip in shadowed areas, it was like a fine spring or summer day. Proof, perhaps, that the deity of your choice is a keen animal lover.
In Wellington,around 500 people assembled at Cuba Mall’s landmark bucket fountain;
They were armed with placards expressing their views, and with determined certainty that animal testing was morally, ethically, and humanly just plain wrong;
When animals can’t speak for themselves, their human companions must – and do – speak for them;
There was a consistent message through the placards and people’s comments; if you want to take party pills and synthetic cannabis, accept responsibility for their dangerous properties – but don’t test them on animals. Our pleasure is not to be had at the sake of innocent creatures;
Indeed, their lives are in our hands – which in itself says a lot about ourselves that we have such power of life and death over other species;
This placard asks a very good question;
TV3′s film crew interviewing some of the protesters;
As a side note, there was good coverage by both TV1 and TV3 News on the nationwide rallies. Indeed, the reporting was better and fairer than the anti-spy Bill rallies held on Saturday 27 July.
More of our furry companions at the rally;
These were ordinary New Zealanders expressing their opposition to animal testing – not “politically-motivated” activists. Something that National ministers should take into consideration when looking at this Bill;
“We want our voices heard” – but is National listening? Or has their arrogance made them deaf to the concerns of New Zealanders?
National should remember – these people vote;
Can any National Minister answer this question;
The next placard shames the government. Hopefully though, the protester meant “Don’t Vote [for National]“. Not voting at all is not resistance – it is surrender;
Engaged in street theatre. Note “Cosmic” in the background. “Cosmic“ is a known retailer of party pills/synthetic cannabis;
Just before mid-day today (31 July), I phoned Mark Carswell, owner of the “Cosmic”-chain, to ask his views on the animal-rights rallies held around the country.
When asked to comment, Mark’s responded;
“I’ve been way on holiday mate, so I’ve just sat down on my desk again and I’m just getting…I’m just actually finding out what’s going on, but at this stage I’ve no comment.”
Let’s hope Mark finds out what is going on soon.
People like this lady will be very keen to know Mark’s position on this problem;
And the lives of animals like these will be at risk;
SAFE (Save Animals from Exploitation) were visibly present at the rally;
SAFE Executive Director, Hans Kriek,has said,
It is obvious to most of us that torturing animals to death for the sake of unnecessary recreational drugs is completely unethical.
Animals should not suffer just because drug manufacturers want to get rich by getting people high.
There are plenty of non-animal tests available that can determine the safety of party drugs, so leaving the door open to (possibly cheaper) animal testing methods is deplorable.
It is hard to believe that animal tests could provide reliable results anyway. Testing a psychoactive drug on a rat or dog for a few weeks or even months is hardly going to prove that it is safe for a human who may take the drug for many years.
How many people will suffer brain damage in the future in the mistaken belief that the drugs they use are safe because they have been tested on animals?
The following image, showing Key holding a cute kitten, is a well-known image on the ‘net. This protester has created a whole new meaning to it;
Sometimes, political photo-ops can end up in unforeseen situations. I’d say this one has bitten our Smile & Wave Prime Minister on his $50 million dollar backside.
This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 1 August 2013.
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