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Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) – in association with PETA – organised a national workshop for medical, pharmacy, veterinary, zoology and other life-sciences professors, post-graduate students and researchers from colleges and research laboratories all over India in order to familiarise them with humane methods of educating students, such as by obtaining cadavers ethically and using non-animal models and computer-simulation programmes.
Dr PC Bisoi, a dean at OUAT; Dr AK Mahapatra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA's director of veterinary affairs; Dr Umakanth Mishra, Head of Anatomy Department at OUAT and RK Das, OUAT's registrar.
The keynote speakers at the workshop, which was held on 13 November, included Professor MR Kar, the vice-chancellor of OUAT; RK Das, OUAT's registrar; Dr PC Bisoi, a dean at OUAT; Dr Umakanth Mishra, head of Anatomy Department at OUAT and Dr AK Mahapatra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar. The speakers for the technical session included Dr RV Prasad, head of the division of pre- and para-clinical sciences at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Karnataka; Dr V Ramakrishna, a retired professor of the Department of Anatomy and Histology at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University; Dr Mohammad Akbarsha, director of the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education in Trichy; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA's director of veterinary affairs; and Dr Chaitanya Koduri, PETA's science policy adviser. More than 170 delegates from various colleges and research laboratories attended the workshop.
Every year, an estimated 1,000 calves are killed in India in order to teach veterinary anatomy and surgery to students, and countless frogs, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits have suffered and died in college laboratories for science training and research. Nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and life-like models – teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.
Because of the cruelty to animals inherent in dissection, it can deter students from succeeding in the sciences. Research has shown that a significant number of students at every educational level are uncomfortable with the use of animals in dissection and experimentation, and some even turn away from careers in science rather than violating their principles.
Many students are taking a stand against dissection. To help cut out dissection at your college or university, write to us at Info@petaindia.org.
Hey, students, can you give abused animals a hand? All you have to do is write "Cut Out Dissection" on your palm(s) using bold, colourful markers and go around high-fiving your friends. How simple is that?!
When your curious pals ask about the message, explain that animals are killed cruelly for classroom dissections. Although the University Grants Commission has advised all universities in India to stop using animals, some colleges across the country, including the University of Delhi, have ignored this advice and continue to support the killing of animals such as frogs and rats.
Such abuse does not belong in the classroom. All animals feel pain and value their lives just as people do. There are kinder, cheaper, more ecological ways to teach anatomy. Progressive schools use computer software, simulators, manikins, and other non-lethal methods to teach students about life. If you give animals a hand and encourage your classmates never to dissect them, more institutions may opt to use these humane and effective methods.
Be sure to send a photo of your hand with "Cut Out Dissection" on it to Youth@petaindia. Your photo may even be featured on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Thanks for lending a hand!
Are you making plans for your best Dussehra yet? Are you ready to burn Ravana and usher in another great year of good triumphing over evil? Then check out PETA's top five tips for making Dussehra the start of an extraordinary year for both you and animals.
Looking for even more ways to let good win out this Dussehra? Join PETA's Activist Network today.
For the second year, international cosmetics company LUSH Cosmetics has announced the finalists for its global LUSH Prize, which recognises outstanding contributions to ending the use of animals in product-safety testing. And for the second year, PETA India is among the finalists, thanks to its successful campaign to end animal tests for cosmetics in India. This year, in addition to being listed as a finalist for the prize for lobbying – which PETA India won as joint runner-up last year – the group has been shortlisted in the public awareness category for its eye-catching, popular campaign that helped bring about an end to the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals in India. The winners will be announced at the LUSH Prize Awards in London on 13 November.
LUSH operates more than 700 stores in more than 40 countries, with Indian locations including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. In addition never to testing products or ingredients on animals, LUSH marks its vegan items (products that contain no animal-based ingredients whatsoever) with a bright green "V".
More than 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but many still choose to subject animals to painful tests in which substances are smeared onto their skin, sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often misleading.
PETA India celebrated a tremendous victory this year with the end of cosmetics tests on animals in India. At present, PETA India is working to urge the government to replace the testing of household products such as cleaners on animals with modern non-animal methods and to ban the sales and marketing of cosmetics and household products that have been tested on animals in other countries so that consumers can be confident that they are not buying products which have caused animals to suffer.
Until that happens, you can still shop with a clear conscience by checking out PETA's list of companies that don't test on animals.
Following discussions with PETA India, the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) and Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd have agreed to amend the rules of the IRIS Science Fair – India's largest student science competition – to ban experiments on animals beginning in 2014. In recognition of their progressive decision to support humane science, Intel and IRIS will each receive PETA's Compassionate Action Award.
Although IRIS reports that animal use is rare, current rules allow for a variety of painful experiments on animals, and up to 49 per cent of animals in an experiment can be killed. The new IRIS guidelines read, "Projects involving animal subjects or animal data are limited to … [u]se of data from pre-existing, publicly available resources [or] … observational or behavioral projects that involve animals in their natural environment". All the projects should strictly comply with The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
In 2012, following discussions with PETA US, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – the world's largest international pre-college science competition, of which IRIS is a precursor – amended its rules to ban deadly experiments on animals and strongly endorse the use of non-animal research methods. The popular Google Science Fair's rules also ban all experiments on animals, stipulating that only data gathered from past experiments or from observations of animals in their natural environment may be used.
IRIS is a cooperative effort between Intel, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Indian Department of Science and Technology. Intel and IRIS will each receive a framed certificate.
This award is part of PETA's work to ensure that students engage in only the best in humane and progressive non-animal research.
Bollywood actors Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Sonu Sood, Jacqueline Fernandez, Trisha Krishnan, Madhavan, Priya Anand, Amrita Rao and Ashmit Patel took to Twitter and shared how happy they are about the outcome of an intense campaign by PETA India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi, which resulted in the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr GN Singh announcing that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will never be permitted in India again.
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"I am so thrilled to hear that PETA's efforts to stop cruel animal tests paid off and am immensely grateful to the country's drug controller general for announcing an end to cosmetic testing on animals", says Dia Mirza. "Body Shop is against animal testing and as their ambassador, I was also glad to hear from PETA that they too helped make this happen."
An excited Neha Dhupia says, "Kudos to DCGI and PETA! Testing cosmetics on animals is cruel and archaic and I am glad India's doing away with it".
"There is just no need to test lipsticks and shampoos on animals as there are modern, non-animal methods available", says long-time PETA supporter Jacqueline Fernandez. "I am so proud to be a supporter of PETA and thank them and DCGI for making the world a kinder place for animals."
Trisha Krishnan, who has been part of many campaigns led by PETA, says, "My association with PETA goes a long way and I am happy to be a part of this celebration. I never understood the logic behind testing mascara, soap or shampoo on animals. I'm so happy it has come to an end in India!"
In 2012, the cast and crew of Farah Khan's Joker, directed by Shirish Kunder and starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Chitrangda Singh, joined PETA in urging the government to ban cosmetics testing on animals. Chitrangda posed on behalf of PETA and Joker with the aliens from the film for the campaign. The ad was shot by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar.
The landmark announcement was made during the meeting of the Bureau of Indian Standards PCD 19 Cosmetics Sectional Committee, on which PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, has an official seat. Earlier, Dr Koduri had held a private meeting with Dr Singh to urge him to implement this ban.
Unfortunately, cosmetics which have been tested on animals elsewhere in the world can still be sold in India. Please always consult our guide of companies that do and do not test on animals before shopping.
The Soaps and Other Surface Active Agents Committee (CHD 25) of the Chemical Division of the Bureau of Indian Standards, on which PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri has an official seat, has proposed to amend the test requirements for household products (such as cleaners and detergents) by replacing the last animal test remaining, a test on guinea pigs for determining skin-sensitisation potential of chemicals, with a non-animal test method called "the human repeated insult patch test". It was also proposed that the manufacturers of novel ingredients should submit safety data using non-animal methods of testing. Members of the committee have now been asked to submit their comments. The move follows the recent announcement by the Drugs Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India, following an intense PETA campaign and efforts by MP Maneka Gandhi.
PETA India's campaign to ban household product tests on animals has received support from high places. Gandhi has been working closely with Dr Koduri to push for the ban. The offices of Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi and the senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Lal Krishna Advani, have urged the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Consumers Affairs to look into PETA's request. Santosh Chaudhary, the newly appointed Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare; Kodikunnil Suresh, Minister of State for Labour and Employment; Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and Abhijit Mukherjee, Member of Parliament from Jangipur constituency and son of President Pranab Mukherjee, all sent appeals to the ministries as well. Dr Mirza Mehboob, former Cabinet Minister of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare for the government of Jammu and Kashmir; Yashodhara Raje Scindia, former Minister for Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare for the government of Madhya Pradesh and Gandhi have all sent strong appeals to these ministries in favour of a ban on household product tests on animals.
Officials from the Mahatma Gandhi–Doerenkamp Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education and the Animal Welfare Board of India have also expressed support for a ban on household product tests on animals.
The Bureau of Indian Standard's proposal comes in the wake of Israel's recent ban on the testing of cosmetics and household products and their ingredients on animals, which includes a ban on sales of animal-tested products, regardless of where those tests were conducted. In addition, the Home Secretary of the UK government proposed a ban on household-product testing in 2011, and the UK has announced that it is consulting with companies, trade bodies and other interested parties to confirm a working proposal.
More than 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests in favour of effective, modern non-animal tests, but many still choose to subject animals to painful tests in which substances are dripped into their eyes, smeared onto their abraded skin, sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often misleading.
Urge the government to ban household products tests on animals today.
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Following an intense campaign by PETA India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr GN Singh announced that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India. The landmark announcement was made during the Bureau of Indian Standards PCD 19 Cosmetics Sectional Committee meeting, on which PETA India's science policy advisor, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, has an official seat. Earlier this week, Dr Koduri had held a private meeting with Dr Singh urging him to implement this ban.
PETA India's campaign received support from high places. Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi recently urged the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to consider PETA India's request for a ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients through the National Advisory Council Office, while senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lal Krishna Advani had sought the same through his office. Santosh Chowdhury, the newly appointed Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare; Dr Mirza Mehboob, former Cabinet Minister of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare for the government of Jammu and Kashmir; and Yashodhara Raje Scindia, former Minister for Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare for the government of Madhya Pradesh had all sent strong appeals to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in favour of a total ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. Mehboob is also a medical practitioner who did his MBBS at Srinagar Medical College in Jammu and Kashmir. MP Maneka Gandhi has been working closely with PETA India's science policy advisor, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, to push for this ban.
Multinational companies The
Body Shop and LUSH as well
as Indian companies Trumount Cosmoceuticals, Future Skin, Omved Lifestyle and Shahnaz Husain and others had also written to the
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in full support of a ban after hearing
from PETA. The Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine, and officials from the Indian Council of Medical
Research, the Mahatma Gandhi–Doerenkamp
Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education and the
Animal Welfare Board of India,
a statutory advisory body, had also all expressed support for the ban.
In 2012, the cast and crew of Farah Khan's Joker,
directed by Shirish Kunder and starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and
Chitrangda Singh, had joined PETA in urging the government to ban cosmetic
testing on animals. Chitrangda posed on behalf of PETA and Joker with the
aliens from the film for the campaign. The ad was shot by ace photographer Atul
DCGI's announcement comes in the wake of the European Union's and Israel's bans on the testing of cosmetics products and their ingredients on animals, which includes a ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics, regardless of where those tests were conducted. Israel has also banned the testing of household products and their ingredients on animals as well as the sale of such products if they have been tested on animals. Household products include cleaners and detergents. PETA India is also campaigning for an end to the testing of household products and their ingredients on animals in India.
Please note, however, that at present, cosmetics and personal-care products tested on animals can still be sold in India. Please do check PETA's list of companies that do not test on animals before you go shopping.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on this campaign, from celebrities, politicians and compassionate businesses who lent their support to the many PETA India supporters who raised their voices and donated time and money to make this achievement possible. Celebrations are in order all around!
After hearing from PETA calling for an end to veterinary science instruction using the corpses of animals killed specifically for dissection for anatomy lessons, Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) is phasing out the cruel practice. In a letter sent to its various colleges throughout the state, MAFSU wrote, "Replacing live animals with advanced technology is not only humane but also a legal requirement as per Chapter IV of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960".
In addition, the university – in association with PETA and InterNICHE – is organising a national workshop to familiarise anatomy and surgery department faculty from veterinary colleges all over India with humane methods of educating students, such as obtaining cadavers ethically and using models and computer simulation programmes.
The keynote speakers at the 6 June 2013 workshop at Bombay Veterinary College include Professor AK Misra, the vice chancellor of MAFSU; Lt Gen (Retd) Dr Narayan Mohanty, the president of the Veterinary Council of India; and Maj Gen (Retd) Dr RM Kharb, Chair of the Animal Welfare Board of India. Professor MSA Kumar from Tufts University and Nick Jukes from InterNICHE will be the lead facilitators.
More than 70 delegates from the surgery and anatomy departments of 37 veterinary colleges in India will attend the workshop including faculty from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattishgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Orissa, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Utter Pradesh and West Bengal.
Every year, an estimated 1,000 calves are killed in India to teach veterinary anatomy and surgery to students, and thousands of frogs, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits suffer and die in college laboratories. Nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and lifelike models – teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.
You can help. Contact PETA to report cruelty to animals at your university or college by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jet Airways, India's second-largest airline, has
assured PETA India in writing that it does not and will not transport animals to
laboratories for use in experiments. In a reply to PETA's letter inquiring
about Jet Airways' policy regarding shipments of animals to laboratories,
Mohammad Ali El Ariss, the airlines' vice president of cargo, stated, "We
would like to inform you, we refuse to carry live animals for laboratory
"Jet Airways is now among the enlightened
airlines that refuse to transport dogs, cats, primates and other animals to
laboratories, where they would suffer and die", says PETA India Science
Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Jet Airways has set an example for
the dwindling number of airlines – including Air India – that still profit from
animal suffering to follow."
Numerous major airlines have full or partial policies
against transporting animals for experimentation. Just among the International
Air Transportation Association's list of the world's 10 largest cargo carriers,
FedEx, UPS, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines and EVA Air prohibit any shipments
of animals for experiments; Emirates, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines won't
ship primates to laboratories; and Lufthansa has banned shipments of cats, dogs
and primates destined for laboratories. One of the exceptions is Air
India, which, despite repeated assurances to PETA that it would not transport
animals for use in experiments, has backtracked on its pledge and continues to
profit from the cruel trade of shipping animals to laboratories.
Please join us in urging
Air India to stop transporting animals to laboratories for experimentation. Take action now!
What if aliens experimented on humans?
The cast and crew of Farah Khan's Joker, directed by Shirish Kunder and starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Chitrangda Singh, have joined PETA to encourage filmgoers to ponder this question and participate in our campaign to urge the government to ban cosmetic testing on animals. Chitrangda posed on behalf of PETA and Joker with the aliens from the film for the campaign. The ad is shot by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, make up and hair styling by Mehak Oberoi and digital imaging by Prashish More. See what she has to say about why animals should not be used for testing cosmetics.
You can help. Take action now.
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.
Written by Kriti-S
We all know that former Miss Earth and Bollywood leading lady Dia Mirza has always promoted many social causes. Now she can add "animal ally" to her résumé. This gorgeous star and animal lover is the new brand ambassador of Body Shop, a company that doesn't test on animals.
Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals used in cruel animal tests are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of a test substance or endure the pain of having caustic chemicals applied to their sensitive eyes and skin – even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans.
Kudos to Dia for supporting cruelty-free beauty! Please join her by taking the pledge never to buy or use any product that is tested on animals
The heat of Delhi could not bring down the spirits of our passionate activists who locked themselves in metal cages to protest the imprisonment of animals at AIIMS. AIIMS is supposed to be a premier medical training institution, but it's showing how it is number one in cruelty to animals.
Laboratories in India are generally required to rehabilitate animals after three years of use, yet many of the monkeys at AIIMS have been languishing in cramped, rusty cages for up to a decade, and one monkey has been there for nearly 20 years.
After watching the undercover footage of AIIMS' Central Animal Facility, celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Celina Jaitly have also called on the institution to at least let the monkeys who have been jailed there the longest go to a real rehabilitation centre where they can climb trees and feel the grass under their feet and the warmth of the sun on their backs for the first time.
Now, it's your turn to help us free these animals. Take action here
When PETA received word from distressed students at Veterinary College–Bangalore that four calves had been killed and embalmed for anatomy lessons and that more may still be killed, we sprang into action.
Dr Manilal Valliyate, the head of PETA India Veterinary Affairs, fired off a letter to the Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (of which Veterinary College–Bangalore is a part) urging the university to switch to humane, non-animal training methods.
During calf-embalming exercises – which are common in schools throughout India – the animals are often killed by having their jugular vein and carotid artery cut. The calves slowly and painfully bleed to death. Chemicals are then injected into the bodies to preserve them.
Most people who pursue a veterinary career do so because they want to care for and help animals. So why are some schools still forcing students to participate in lessons that involve the killing of animals when non-animal teaching methods are readily available?
Please join Dr Valliyate and the caring students at Veterinary College–Bangalore by speaking out against animal dissection. If you do not want to dissect and need PETA's help in encouraging your institution to implement modern methods, please contact us at Info@petaindia.org.
stole our hearts when she danced to "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" on Bigg
Boss Season 4. But now she's asking the director of AIIMS to have a heart
for the animals imprisoned at its Central Animal Facility.
watching footage from our undercover
investigation showing monkeys at AIIMS languishing in barren, rusty cages; rats and monkeys
exhibiting signs of severe stress; and sick and injured animals who were denied
veterinary care, Pamela fired off a letter to AIIMS' director urging him to
retire the aging monkeys to a sanctuary and switch to modern, humane non-animal
research and training methods.
broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed
video", writes Anderson. "But the animals suffering behind closed
doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day. I was shocked to see that
rabbits are forced to live in wire-floored cages; the sharp wire digs into
their sensitive footpads and can cause their feet to become stuck."
Pam in taking action
for animals suffering at AIIMS. They are counting on you!
"2287" is not a mere number. It is the "name" given to a monkey who has been confined to a cramped, barren, rusty cage at All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) Central Animal Facility for nearly two decades. Monkeys at AIIMS are not even granted the respect of being given a name – numbers are tattooed on their chests instead.
In this Dilwalon ki Dilli, no one wants to be alone on Valentine's Day – and #2287 is no exception. Lonely and miserable, she has been deprived of the ability to engage in activities that are natural and important to her, such as socialising, climbing trees and foraging for food.
This Valentine's Day, ask the director of AIIMS to have a heart for #2287 and retire her and other monkeys imprisoned at AIIMS to a sanctuary where they can spend the rest of their days (and every Valentine's Day to come) in a natural setting with other monkeys.
We are thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 supporters of
PETA and its affiliates around the world sent e-mails to the world's
largest tea maker, Unilever (and its Indian subsidiary Hindustan
Unilever Ltd), urging the company to stop testing tea on animals,
Unilever agreed to halt all such tests. Unilever sells Lipton and Brooke
Bond brand teas through Hindustan Unilever in India. In a message just
posted on its website, the company states, "Unilever is committing to no
animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate
Thanks to everyone who responded to our online action alert, no more
piglets will be infected with E. coli toxin and have their intestines
cut apart while they are still alive, no more rats will have holes cut
into their intestines and be fed tea ingredients through a tube in their
throats, mice won't be suffocated or have their necks broken, rabbits'
heads won't be cut off and other cruel tests that involved tormenting
and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products
and ingredients will no longer take place.
Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally
required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal
tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.
With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and Brooke
Bond teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies –
including Indian tea giant Tata, the world's number one green-tea maker, ITO EN, and Typhoo
(which is owned by Apeejay Surrendra Group) – in being cruelty-free.
With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and Brooke
Bond teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies –
including the world's number one green-tea maker, ITO EN, and Typhoo
(which is owned by Apeejay Surrendra Group) – in being cruelty-free.
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