For Immediate Release:
21 March 2013
Compassionate Action Taken Following Communication With PETA
Mumbai – After hearing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the Dental Council of India’s officiating secretary, Dr SK Ojha, has informed the group that animals will no longer be used to teach either undergraduate or postgraduate dental students. Ojha writes, “I am directed to say that the Executive Committee of the Dental Council of India in its meeting held 22nd February 2013 at New Delhi considered your email dated 8.2.2013 … asking to remove the procedures that require the use of animals from the practical curriculum for training dental students and after discussion & deliberations decided … there is no provision … for promulgating/use of animals for teaching & training dentistry to the dental students”.
“This is a tremendous victory for animals who will no longer be killed to teach dentistry students when humane, non-animal teaching methods have proved to be superior”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri, who has previously practiced as a dentist. “PETA commends the Dental Council of India for modernising its teaching policies by no longer forcing students to be complicit in the painful deaths of animals.”
The Dental Council of India joins the Medical Council of India, the Pharmacy Council of India and the University Grants Commission, which – following an extensive PETA campaign and efforts by progressive scientists, MP Maneka Gandhi and other caring groups and individuals – were issued guidelines by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to stop dissection and experimentation on animals for training both undergraduate and postgraduate students. MoEF Secretary Dr Tishya Chatterjee wrote, “Now a days effective alternatives in the form of CD’s, computer simulations, mannikin/models, in-vitro methods, etc. are available and they are not only effective and absolute replacements to the use of animals in teaching anatomy/physiology but they are also superior pedagogic tools in the teaching of Pharmacy/Life sciences”. Despite these guidelines, several universities continue to use animals. PETA has forwarded several complaints received from whistleblowers to the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals.
PETA’s correspondence with the Dental Council of India is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.