🎈We officially launched our new anti-animal experimentation themed children’s book over the weekend, which we produced with Christchurch artist, Rebecca Gibbs.🎈
The book, titled The Six-Foot Rats, has been created in the hopes that it will help educate children on the ethical and scientific issues involved in animal experimentation.
“Humans aren’t six-foot rats, and that is the underlying theme throughout the book. Although it is a simple concept, it is one that society often forgets. The book will help us combat the misconception that animal-based research is a necessary evil, in a positive and engaging way,” NZAVS Executive Director Tara Jackson.
Green MPs Chloe Swarbrick and Gareth Hughes attended the book launch as special guests. They gave the first ever live reading of the book at the event!
Two Labour MPs Ruth Dyson and Poto Williams also attended the launch to show their support.
There were many fun activities for children to do at the event including getting their face painted (with vegan and cruelty-free face paint), meeting rescue animals including rats from NZ Rat Rescue, doing arts and crafts, watching live children's entertainment and eating lots of yummy vegan food!
It was a great success and we are thrilled to finally have the book available to share with you all!
The Six-Foot Rats has already received positive reviews from Jane Goodall (Ph.D., Founder of Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand and UN Messenger of Peace), Nichola Kriek (Head of Education, SAFE) and Craig Smith (Author of The Wonkey Donkey and Musician).
The book has also been sponsored by multiple organisations and companies who also want to see an end to animal experimentation. These include LUSH, The Humane Society International, and The NZ Vegetarian Society.
The Six-Foot Rats is an important and powerful educational tool disguised as a fun and colourful children's book, and we are looking forward to it being in all primary schools and all good bookstores soon!