University Grants Commission Issues Ban to Stop all Dissection in Zoology and Life-Sciences Undergrad, Postgraduate Courses

For Immediate Release:

5 August 2014

Contact:

Chaitanya Koduri +91 9819267382; [email protected]

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Compassionate Action Follows Pressure From PETA and Minister Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi – A new notification by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to save the lives of an estimated 19 million animals every year. That’s because following discussions with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Minister Maneka Gandhi, the commission issued a notification for universities and colleges across the country directing them to stop dissection and experimentation (for training purposes) completely for university and college zoology and life-sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The UGC’s decision is an improvement on the partial ban on dissection that it had issued in 2011. The UGC is the apex regulatory body for higher education in the country. A copy of the notification is available from PETA upon request.

“By issuing a notification to eliminate animal dissection and experimentation for training purposes, the University Grants Commission will modernise science education across the country and save precious lives”, says Dr Chaitanya Koduri, PETA’s science policy adviser. “The notification also means students will never again be forced to choose between enrolling in science courses and staying true to their moral beliefs against cruelty to animals.”

PETA had met with UGC officials on numerous occasions to show them that in nearly every published study on science education, non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and life-like models – are shown to teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as and often better than cruel, archaic animal laboratories.

The UGC’s latest action is now in line with the 2012 Ministry of Environment & Forests’ directive to the UGC and other education bodies to stop dissection and experimentation on animals completely for training both undergraduate and postgraduate students and to use non-animal teaching methods instead.

Studies show that exposing students to animal dissection can traumatise them, foster insensitivity towards animals and even dissuade some from pursuing careers in science.

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