For Immediate Release:
26 February 2020
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]
Ahead of National Science Day, Provocative PETA India Demonstration Will Remind Passers-By That Dissection Kills
Pune – With her “skin“ peeled back and her “internal organs“ exposed, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India volunteer will stand in front of a stark animal-dissection table on Thursday with a message for the public: “Try to Relate to Their Fate.“ The gutsy demonstration, which will take place just ahead of National Science Day (28 February), will urge passers-by to denounce cruel and archaic animal dissection and to report any cases of it in schools and universities to PETA India.
When: Thursday, 27 February, 12 noon
Where: Near Westside Store, Opposite Wadeshwar, Fergusson College Road, Pune
“Animal dissection has no place in today‘s schools and universities, especially when superior, modern teaching tools are so widely available,“ says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Dipti Kapoor. “We‘re calling on students to report any instances of this barbaric and ineffective practice, which has been banned by many educational bodies, to PETA India immediately.“
Every year, tens of millions of animals are cut open in classrooms around the world. The formaldehyde-preserved bodies that end up under students‘ scalpels have various origins: foetal piglets are cut from the wombs of mother pigs killed in slaughterhouses, homeless cats are often rounded up by biological supply houses, and frogs are taken from nature – a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies have repeatedly shown that students learn better by using humane digital dissection software – such as Pro Dissector Frog, BioLab Frog, Digi-Frog, and Froggipedia, an Indian app that Apple named iPad App of the Year in 2018 – than cutting up animals. Such programs can be used repeatedly, which saves time and money, and they also help maintain ecological balance by sparing animals‘ lives.
Following efforts by PETA India, progressive scientists, and others, the University Grants Commission prohibited the use of animal dissection in life-sciences and zoology university courses. The Dental Council of India stopped using animals to train dental students, and the Pharmacy Council of India amended the Education Regulations, 1991, and the PharmD Regulations to require the use of computer–assisted modules instead of animals. The Medical Council of India has refused to allow the use of animals to train undergraduate students, instead favouring modern, non-animal teaching methods, including simulations and computer-aided teaching. And in 2001, the Central Board of Secondary Education banned animal dissection for biology students at the senior secondary level.
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 despite these bans, the group continues to receive complaints from distressed students who are being forced to watch or take part in dissection lessons.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.