The Government has agreed to a Supplementary Order Paper seeking to ban testing of psychoactive substances on animals. This will allow the Primary Production Select Committee to look at this issue in depth and for the public to have their say before any final decision is made.

In addition, the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill to strengthen protection of animals in New Zealand has passed its first reading unanimously in Parliament last week.

New Zealanders are passionate about animal welfare and we care deeply about how animals are treated. Sixty eight per cent of New Zealand households have at least one pet, and around half of our export earnings are animal products.

As I have said before, New Zealand has a policy of replacing, refining and reducing any testing involving animals and National has made it clear that we will set an example in this area.