Saturday, 1 December 2012, Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi
Natarajan flew to Chennai to personally inspect 70 beagles who had been
imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in
Bangalore, following a rigorous campaign for their release by PETA India.
The visit comes after PETA notified the
Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on
Animals that it was falsely stated on an Animal Quarantine & Certification
Service document that the dogs were "pets", rather than for
experiments. PETA also learned that Cathay Pacific Airways, which has a strict
policy against transporting animals to laboratories, was misinformed by the
supplier, Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co., Ltd., that the dogs would not be
used by or killed in a laboratory. PETA is calling on the government to release
the dogs to PETA, People For Animals Chennai and Blue Cross Chennai to be put
up for adoption.
government investigations also revealed that there was a mismatch in terms of the
number of dogs requested by the Bangalore-based laboratory, the number imported
by them and the number of animals really used for various tests by the
inspection, Natarajan, in addition to affirming her commitment to this
investigation, informed the media that she will make it a priority to focus on the
Animal Welfare Act 2011, which if passed in the form drafted by the Animal
Welfare Board of India, would strengthen India's weak penalties for cases of cruelty
commends and thanks Natarajan for giving the serious attention to this case
that it deserves.
More than 50,000
people have written to authorities calling for the beagles' release. Are you
one of them? Please take
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