The STAR Trust has reaffirmed its commitment to animal welfare & animal rights, following the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Act last week.
“The STAR Trust has always supported animal welfare” said Grant Hall, General Manager of the STAR Trust. Full press release follows…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26th July 2013
Today, the STAR Trust has reaffirmed its commitment to animal welfare and animal rights, following the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Act last week.
“The STAR Trust has always supported animal welfare. Our position has always been that animal testing should not be used unless there is no alternative,” said Grant Hall, General Manager of the STAR Trust.
The STAR Trust is pleased that the Government has listened to animal welfare advocates by including a specific section on animal testing in the new Act. In particular, the STAR Trust supports section 12 of the Act which ensures that if a suitable alternative exists, the Psychoactive Substances Expert Advisory Committee must not consider trials that have relied on animal testing.
Mr Hall said, “We fully understand the genuine concerns about animal testing. We share those concerns. No one wants to see animals suffer unnecessarily. We certainly don’t.”
The STAR Trust notes that the Psychoactive Substances Act puts stringent conditions on trials that do involve animal testing. Section 12(3) of the Act imposes mandatory conditions that any animal trial will have to comply with before it can be used, including that it complies with the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
“We acknowledge the difficult balance the new regime has struck. It is a good start, but we want to go further. The STAR Trust will be working to develop voluntary standards for animal testing where the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority requires the submission of data from animal testing to ensure that no animal suffers. We expect those standards will be more stringent than the requirements imposed by the Psychoactive Substances Act.”
The STAR Trust is pleased to see that the Expert Advisory Committee will be reviewing any animal trials it accepts every year. The STAR Trust is hopeful that over time animal testing will end, whether for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or psychoactive products.
“The Government’s decision to create a regulated, legal market for psychoactive substances is world leading and their commitment to the health and safety of young Kiwis is shared by The STAR Trust. Only rodents should be used in any initial testing that the government might insist upon and no rodents should suffer to validate a low risk claim,” affirmed Mr Hall
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