Protesters demand compulsory adoption for lab animals

Protesters demand compulsory adoption for lab animals

Meet Jaye Glam and her rescue pups Chloe and Jose – just two of dozens of dogs and their owners gathered outside Parliament to protest against the senseless killing of lab animals last month.

The protesters presented a petition with 15,000 signatures to Greens MP Mojo Mathers that called for a “retirement policy” for research animals.

The ‘Out of the Labs’ petition, led by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and Helping You Help Animals (HUHA), proposes research and breeding facilities offer up animals for adoption instead of having them put down.

A crowd of about 70 gathered in support of the petition, as well as several rehabilitated beagles that had been “rescued and re-homed” from the Valley Animal Research Centre in 2011.

NZAVS campaign manager Cressida Wilson said the rescued beagles had since become loving family members to those who adopted them. “Animals are so resilient and they deserve to have the opportunity to be re-homed.”.

Executive director of NZAVS Tara Jackson said the petition was signed by over 15,000 people.

“That is 15,000 New Zealanders that care about the lives of these animals,” Jackson said. “Parliament should take note of how their constituents feel on this issue.”

Animal lover Jaye Glam said she hadn’t planned to go to the protest. “I just woke up and read about it whilst having breakfast and thought,  I live down the road and I love animals, I need to be there.

“I am dead against cruelty towards animals – the more people that support things like this, the better.”

Supporters were encouraged to contact their local MP and ask that the ‘Out of the Labs’ petition be seriously considered.

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