Contacting your local candidates about animal experimentation contributes to the pressure we are putting on all the political parties to up their game for the animals. Together, we can create some change! It starts with contacting your candidates.
To contact your candidate, follow these simple steps:
- If you don’t know what your electorate is, you can quickly find out here.
- Look up your electorate and local candidates on our new Candidates webpage.
- Read what they’ve said about animal experimentation so far.
- Grab their contact details (either email or Facebook). These are easily accessible via our Candidate webpage.
- Send them a message using the message-writing guide below.
You can also learn about what the political parties have to say about animal experimentation here.
What to say in your message:
The most important thing is to message them and let them know animal experimentation is an issue you care about.
The more people we get asking candidates about animal experimentation, the more they will realise it is an important political issue. That will make fertile ground for the rest of our campaigns to keep the pressure up. Electorate MPs are meant to represent the people in their electorate after all!
If your local candidate has said something in support of ending animal experimentation, you can also send them a thank you message!
If you’re unsure of what to say, see below for some examples of what you can write.
1. If a candidate hasn’t responded to the NZAVS questionnaire or their response isn’t supportive:
Hi, I live in your electorate and I was disappointed to see that you had not responded to the NZAVS Questionnaire about the use of animals in science.
Animal experimentation is an issue I care about and I strongly recommend reading more about this important issue. Here are some useful links:
- Learn about what animal experimentation is.
- Learn about New Zealand’s experiments.
- Learn about alternatives and solutions.
- Learn about why using animals doesn’t work.
I hope you will consider responding to their questionnaire and taking action on this issue if you are elected.
2. If a candidate has given a supportive response to our questionnaire:
Hi, I live in your electorate and I was impressed by your response to the NZAVS Questionnaire about the use of animals in science.
Animal experimentation is an issue I care about and it is important to me that my local MP cares about it too.
- Return to the main Election 2020 page.