Animal rights activists and nice people in general have expressed outrage over plans in New Zealand to purposely kill dogs to test recreational "party pills." Government officials are considering a scientific method called a "lethal dose 50 per cent test," where they'd give increasing doses to the pooches until half the test group is dead. Animal advocates have blasted the method as barbaric, though the associate health minister says it's "an unpleasant but necessary reality" because these recreational drugs, which are stimulants, are exempt from certain rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove the drugs are safe. The proposed testing is linked to an effort to change the laws to make manufacturers responsible for proving they won't cause harm. [Source]
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