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Election 2014 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

John Kerr posted in on September 8th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on September 20.  This page has now been updated to include responses from the Maori Party. Please click on the links below to find the answers from responding political parties (or download […]

‘Legal highs’ and animal testing – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 2nd, 2014.

New psychoactive substances laws require manufacturers to provide evidence that their product poses a ‘low risk’ to consumers before they can market it. Can they do it without animal testing? In the debate over the current legal status of novel psychoactive substances, questions have been raised over the ethics of using animal testing to prove […]

Ending animal testing in New Zealand – a response from scientists

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 7th, 2012.

An opinion piece in the NZ Herald this week challenged New Zealand to lead the world by banning animal testing outright. This push follows on the heels of a political controversy over proposed  safety testing methods for new “legal highs” or unregulated emerging recreational drugs. On Monday, after a report on toxicity assessments for novel psychoactive substances was […]

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