Together we can let animals live 'Out of the Labs'!

Help ex-lab animals by getting involved in the democratic process! Contact your Parliamentary representative and tell them you want to give animals the opportunity to live 'Out of the Labs'!

The ‘Out of the Labs’ petition has been referred to the Primary Production Select Committee!

Now we need your help – it is important that MPs know that you care about this issue! We can make Parliament seriously consider our proposal for the introduction of a mandatory retirement policy for ex-lab animals – but only if we work together!

It is super easy to contact your parliamentary representative to let them know the petition is important to you. Below are some helpful links to get you started!

Currently over 100,000 animals are euthanised each year immediately after research is completed, and this number does not even include the animals used for breeding purposes! Together we can help these animals find the retirement homes they deserve!

This is the email our Campaign Manager Cressida Wilson has sent to her MP – please feel to copy and paste this email, or you can write your own message, or you can even make an appointment to speak with your MP at their local office.


Dear Ms. Poto Williams, MP,
I am writing to you about an issue that is very important to me. Recently a petition called ‘Out of the Labs’ was presented at Parliament asking for the Government to introduce a mandatory retirement policy for ex-lab animals. Over 15,000 people signed this petition! Every single person who signed this petition thinks that the animals who have been used for research, testing and teaching deserve the opportunity to have a loving retirement home.
Every year in New Zealand over 100,000 animals are euthanised immediately after research is complete. Currently individual researchers can make the decision of whether these animals are rehomed or killed. I believe that not only do researchers have a vested interest in stopping these animals from being rehomed, but that they are not the most appropriate people to be making these decisions. The responsibility of determining whether these animals could become valued family members should rest with professional animal rescuers.
This petition has been sent to the Primary Production Select Committee. As my representative in Parliament I would appreciate your assistance in letting the Committee know that this is a key issue for me.
You can find out more about the petition at  and you can find the Ministry for Primary Production’s animal use statistics for 2015 here:
Thank you for your time.
Cressida Wilson
Aranui Resident


The petition handover was a huge success — but together we can make sure the Government takes this petition seriously!


Don’t know your electorate? You can put in your address to find it here.

Not sure who your MP is? The ‘filtering’ dropbox on the left on this page allows you to show MPs by General or Māori electorate seats, and then you can select your electorate! 


We are also particularly keen to have our supporters from the electorates of the Primary Production Select Committee members to let their MPs know. The members and their electorates are listed below. The Primary Production Select Committee is the group of people who will be making decisions about the ‘Out of the Labs’ petition. If you have friends or family who live in their electorates please encourage them to contact the Select Committee member – they want to be re-elected so the opinions of their constituents are very important to them!


Primary Production Select Committee:

Chairperson: Ian McKelvie, National Party, Rangitīkei electorate

Deputy Chairperson: Todd Barclay, National Party, Clutha-Southland electorate

Chester Burrows, National Party, Whanganui

Steffan Browning, Green Party, List MP

Barbara Kuriger, National Party, Taranaki-King Country

Damien O’Connor, Labour Party, West Coast-Tasman

Richard Prosser, NZ First Party, List MP

Scott Simpson, National Party, Coromandel

Rino Tirikatene, Labour Party, Te Tai Tonga


If you need help doing this, no problem! Send me an email at and I“ll help you out!

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