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PETA's extensive campaign to end the dissection of animals has helped lead to a groundbreaking
decision that, according to Dr BK Sharma, associate professor and head of the
Department of Zoology at the RL Saharia Government PG College in Jaipur, is
estimated to save the lives of 19 million animals each year.
On their website, the
University Grants Commission (UGC) – the apex regulatory body for higher
education in India – has published official recommendations calling for an
end to animal dissection and animal experimentation for university and college
zoology and life-sciences courses in a phased manner (http://www.ugc.ac.in/notices/guidelines_animaldisection.pdf).
The UGC is set to send these life-saving recommendations to teaching
institutions across India for implementation.
students will no longer be required to dissect animals, and dissection will be
optional for postgraduate students. In addition, universities will be informed
that they must also adhere to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which
prohibits the killing of amphibians and certain insects, and the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
"By eliminating animal
dissection and phasing out animal experimentation, Indian's top university
governing body is making sure that students use the most modern education tools
possible, meaning computer models over animals", says PETA India Science
Policy Advisor Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Compassionate students across the
country will now be able to learn without being forced to hurt and kill animals
in the classroom."
PETA's campaign included an appeal from Rahul Bose, letters
to the chair and expert committee of the UGC and petitions from students and
other caring individuals asking for a dissection ban. This outcome was possible
also because of the hard work of other caring
individuals and scientists, including Ms Maneka
Gandhi and People for Animals, Dr. Shiranee Pereira and
ICARE, as well as thanks
to the work of Dr. Mohammad Akbarsha and the
Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Centre (MGDC) for Alternatives to Use of Animals in
Life Science Education, which was the critical academic player pushing for more
humane methods of teaching students.
If your university refuses
to implement these recommendations, please let us know by writing to Info@petainda.org.
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