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university, medical and pharmacy school laboratories and classrooms – and those
of us who care about them – have reason for celebration. Following an extensive
campaign by PETA India, forward-thinking scientists and other caring people, the
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has issued guidelines to the Medical
Council of India (MCI), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and University Grants
Commission (UGC) to completely stop dissection and experimentation on animals for training both undergraduate and
post-graduate students and to use non-animal methods of teaching instead!
victory was hard fought. In addition to writing letters to all the entities
mentioned above, our efforts included gathering petition signatures from
university students, progressive scientists and other caring individuals;
celebrity involvement; media coverage and online action by you!
Also key to
this victory was our engagement with the scientific community. In September,
the Indian National Science Academy organised a brainstorming session in which
scientists from all corners of India were invited to discuss the use of animals
in education and research. PETA India was the only organisation that was given
a chance to be a part of the discussion panel. We shared the information on available alternatives, gave examples of how medical
schools in the US and the UK phased out the use of animals in their curricula
and submitted a dossier of non-animal alternatives to the president of the MCI.
As a first step in the victory, the UGC website published guidelines for phasing out
dissection of animals
in life-sciences courses.
PETA India sponsored a series of free workshops on alternatives to the use of
animals in bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) programmes,
which allowed us to reach nearly 500 medical teachers from 120 medical schools
across India, many of whom decided to change to non-animal methods of
instruction. Then, in February, we submitted a dossier of alternatives to use
of animals in pharmacy education to the president of the PCI, who immediately
informed us that they would begin the process of removing animals from pharmacy
education and invited us to a brainstorming session with officials from the UGC
and the PCI.
MoEF agreed with PETA that animal experiments should be avoided when
alternatives are available, according to section 17(d) of the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. These new guidelines constitute a ban to which
all the schools should strictly adhere.
This is an
important win, but many animals continue to suffer and die in commercial
laboratories. You can help them by urging the Ministry of Health &
Family Welfare to implement a complete ban on testing cosmetics on animals.
At the Great Indian Dog Show, every dog can have his or her day. On 15 April, a group of dog enthusiasts, in conjunction with Sarvodaya Sevabhavi Sanstha , will host an event in Bangalore in honour of our native Indian community dogs. Paws in the air if you want to see which desi dog will win such delightful categories as "Who has the waggiest tail?", "Who are the Mr and Ms Congeniality of the day?", "Who is the survivor of the year?" and "Who will be the naughtiest puppy of them all?"
These and other fun categories will be the highlights of the show, as the wonderful dogs strut their stuff in front of the judges. To show that every dog can be a winner, all participants will receive medals proclaiming "Proud to Be an Indian Dog" and given goodie bags.
Like the show's organisers, PETA advises against buying dogs from breeders, which only causes more homelessness and neglect, and instead hopes that the show encourages people to adopt homeless Indian dogs from animal shelters or the street.
Don't have an Indian dog to enter in the show this year? That can only mean one thing – if you're looking to welcome a dog into your home and if you have the time and the space, it's time to adopt! Fifteen adorable puppies will be up for adoption that day – all are eligible for free sterilisation at 6 months old. Now that's a reason to stand up and bark!
If you live in or near Bangalore, join the fun on 15 April at the Government Veterinary Hospital campus, from 3 to 6 pm. The organisers are promising one heck of a pawty!
It's a happy day for our rat friends: following a series of meetings and letters from PETA India and our supporters as well as a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Central Warehousing Corporation of India (CWC) has agreed to immediately stop killing rats in cruel aircraft fumigation tests.
Rats were being caged inside closed chambers filled with poisonous gas. Once the rats died, the fumigation was considered successful. CWC have assured PETA India and the AWBI that they won't use live rats for fumigation operations from now on but will use approved, humane and scientific methods for pest control instead.
Maj Santokh Singh, Regional Manager of Central Warehousing Corporation of India, wrote, "We approached the concerned authorities intimating them about our decision to stop such practice so as to avoid any violation of the law. It has been informed to the users that there are other methods available to us which could be effectively used to prove the effectiveness of M.Br. gas".
Thanks to everyone who helped with this campaign – your efforts paid off! To keep up to date with other campaigns and opportunities to help animals, please join our Activist Network.
Whoa! Sunny Leone – yes, the Bigg Boss and Jism 2 star – has just tweeted a photograph of herself in a PETA tee announcing her involvement in a soon-to-be-released PETA ad campaign to help end dog homelessness.
Sunny, who, along with her hubby, has two rescued dogs at home, wants to urge her fans to get their companion dogs sterilised and to adopt homeless dogs from animal shelters or the street.Sunny's ad with PETA will be released later this year. Keep an eye out for the campaign! And remember: Always adopt and never buy.
On factory farms, hens who lay
eggs (including the ones used for Easter) are confined to battery cages so
small that they are barely able to turn around, lie down comfortably or spread
a single wing.
Watch this video to learn why
eggs are cruel?
This Easter, help save lives by
spreading the word for chickens (and NOT using their eggs)! Here are few ways:
Pledge to go vegan today.
We know why the chicken crossed the
road: to get to the other side. We also know why we posted an April Fools' Day joke about devices that translate chicken language: to get people over to the chickens'side.
Unfortunately, scientists have yet to
devise an instrument that can translate chickens' language into English (though
we think it would be a great idea). But do we really need a chicken-language
translator to tell us that chickens don't enjoy experiencing pain and fear and that they don't want to die? No. We already know that.
If our April Fool’s
joke got you and your friends thinking, be sure to get everyone you know to
sign this pledge to go
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