For Immediate Release:
13 April 2020
Dr Ankita Pandey [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani [email protected]
Animals Will No Longer Be Held in Filthy, Crowded Cages for School’s Undergraduate Classes
Haryana – After a concerned student alerted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to the apparent abuse of rabbits used to train undergraduate medical students at the Maharaja Agrasen Medical College in Agroha, Haryana, the group appealed to the college’s director-principal, Dr Gopal Singal, to end its use of animals – and he agreed, replying that “now the institution is not using any animal experimentation even for demonstration for [undergraduate] courses”.
In its letters to the college, PETA India pointed out that the use of rabbits – who apparently were denied food for several days at a time and were being held in crowded, wire-floored cages that cut into their paws and were spattered with faeces and urine – appeared to violate not only the Medical Council of India’s 2014 notification and the Indian government’s 2012 directive to replace animal dissection with modern, non-animal teaching methods at the undergraduate level but also the regulations established by the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals on the use of animals in experiments.
“This case shows that kind and compassionate students across India have the power to hold their schools and colleges accountable for breaking the law and tormenting animals,” says PETA India Research Associate Dr Ankita Pandey. “PETA India is urging all medical colleges to take note of this incident and keep animal experiments and dissection out of the classroom – and instead use humane and superior non-animal teaching methods.”
PETA India – whose motto reads in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that experimenters drug animals, mutilate them, drip chemicals into their eyes, and subject them to other cruel procedures before killing them. Comparative studies have repeatedly shown that non-animal teaching methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts, and lifelike models – are superior to crude animal dissection and experiments. In addition, they also have the advantage of saving educators time and money because, unlike animals, they typically can be used repeatedly at no additional cost.
PETA India’s communication with Singal is available upon request.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.