Using animals for science does not start in a lab. It is driven by decisions much further down the track. Funding and policy decisions are major drivers of animal experimentation. A lack of transparency and openness means the public rarely knows what is going on. And our laws are often weak and selectively enforced.
The Striking at the Source campaign aims to take a long-term approach to tackle these problems, going to the very source of the use of animals in science.
We have officially handed in our petition calling on the NZ Government to start prioritising non-animal-based research methods and replacing the use of animals in science. This petition was over 22,000 signatures strong! Read more about the petition handover here.
The petition is the first step of a larger plan. We hope to work directly with regulators to improve outdated sections of law that are sending money to the wrong places, laws that fail to monitor animal experimenters, and laws that do not give enough information about what happens to animals used in science.