No animal testing for synthetic cannabis: New Zealand PM
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Monday ruled out testing legal drugs, including synthetic cannabis, on animals, days after parliament banned the drugs' sale until proven as low-risk.
Key said the department of health told him that the tests would have to be done on other species like rabbits as well to see whether the drugs were low-risk for humans.
"As far as I'm concerned if a product needs to be animal tested and is the only way for the Health Department to confirm it is low-risk, then it cannot be manufactured in New Zealand," Key told local channel TVNZ.
"It's one thing to test it on an animal if you are developing a life saving drug for cancer, but it's quite a different issue for a recreational drug," the prime minister added.
New Zealand's government is pushing through a legislation urgently this week to ban the usage of legal highs until proven low-risk for human consumption.
The opposition Labour Party had submitted a petition with 40,000 signatures asking the government to ban animal testing for legal highs.
(Posted on 05-05-2014)