New Zealand's Crack Down on Animal Testing & Cruelty
Breaking News: This bill recently passed in New Zealand making it illegal to test products on animals with consequences that yield extremely imposing fines and even prison time. This comes at the heels of New Zealand’s new assertion that animals are sentient and their new categorization of animal cruelty, willfull and restless:
Willfully, or intentionally, hurting animals or causing an animal serious distress can result in up to five years in prison or as much as a $100,000 fine for a single individual, or $500,000 for a group or corporation. Recklessly, or accidentally, committing the same crime can result in up to three years in prison or a $75,000 fine for an individual, or $350,000 for a group.
It doesn’t stop there:
Aside from just banning animal testing, the bill also includes a number of ways to protect animals, establishing when surgical procedures are appropriate, specific areas allotted for hunting, and the proper treatment of wild animals.
Animal testing has withstood long-standing criticism not just for animal cruelty (as justification is usually that animal suffering is OK if it will prevent human suffering), but because the testing results aren’t necessarily applicable to humans. Thanks to new technology the archaic and broken methodology will likely be phased out of developed nations soon enough.
Original article & image source: http://www.theplaidzebra.com/new-zealand-just-made-animal-testing-illegal-punishable-by-5-years-in-prison-or-a-500000-fine/