Press release: 14/11/17
New Kids Book Being Launched to Help End Animal Testing in NZ
The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) is launching a new children’s book that they are producing with
Christchurch artist, Rebecca Gibbs to create a storybook that introduces children to the scientific invalidity of
animal-based research called The Six-Foot Rats.
Green MPs, Gareth Hughes and Chlöe
Swarbrick are attending the official launch event of The Six-Foot Rats to do the first ever live reading of the book.
“Our book was designed to educate young Kiwis about animal testing in a light and engaging way, and our launch event
will reflect that. There will be cruelty-free face painting, live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and the chance to
meet real-life rescue animals, making the event a fun day out for children and adults alike!” Said NZAVS Executive
Director, Tara Jackson.
The Six-Foot Rats has already received positive reviews from Jane Goodall (Ph.D., Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
and UN Messenger of Peace), Nichola Kriek (Head of Education, SAFE) and Craig Smith (Author of The Wonkey Donkey and
The book has also been sponsored by multiple organisations and companies who also want to see an end to animal
experimentation. These include LUSH, The Humane Society International, and The NZ Vegetarian Society.
“The Six-Foot Rats is an important and powerful educational tool disguised as a fun and colourful children's book, and
we are looking forward to formally launching it this weekend” added Miss Jackson.
NZAVS are inviting members of the public to attend their book launch event by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can find more information out about the launch and the book here www.nzavs.org.nz/the-six-foot-rats