There isn’t a lot you can do to help for now apart from share this news with friends and whanau! Let them all know that ex-lab animals will continue to be needlessly killed because MPs didn’t think their lives were worth a small legislative change.
MPI and other MPs and researchers keep talking about the cases where animals couldn’t be rehomed. They are avoiding talking about the animals that could be rehomed – these are the animals that this legislative incentive would save. They continue to emphasise how impractical it would be to rehome “farm animals” in NZ which is very misleading as it would be rare that we would be given the opportunity to rehome these types of animal.
This also contradicts what they have said in the past — The below statement was taken directly from a report written by MPI themselves.
“The high survival rates (96.2 percent) for livestock reflect the number of trials of low invasiveness that take place while the animals remained in their normal farm environment and continued as part of the herd/flock at the conclusion of the trial. On the other hand, only 3.3 percent of rodents and rabbits remained alive following projects.” – Taken from the Statistics on the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching in New Zealand in 2015, Report.
The main animals we’d get the chance to rehome would be rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs and other small animals. We already have a long list of people who would love the opportunity to rehome these animals, especially ex-lab rats or mice.
If you would like to hear about opportunities to rehomed ex-lab animals in NZ, then add yourself to our "ex-lab animal waiting list" and be notified when an animal can be rehomed in your area!
Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Your name
- Email address
- Phone number
- What kind of animal you would like to rehome and how many (i.e. one dog or two rats etc.)
This way we can be prepared for when facilities around NZ who use animals for research, testing or teaching and don't want to needlessly euthanise animals, contact us offering ex-lab animals for adoption!
To clarify, we don't currently have any ex-lab animals needing homes, but we want to be prepared for when/if we get offered any from facilities around NZ who use animals for research, testing or teaching.