For Immediate Release:
27 April 2017
Provocative PETA India Demonstration Will Proclaim, ‘Dissection Kills’, During World Week for Animals in Laboratories
New Delhi – 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 Friday with a message for the public: “Try to Relate to Their Fate”. The gutsy demonstration, timed to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, 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: Friday, 28 April, 12 noon
Where: Jantar Mantar, Dharna Road, New Delhi
“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 Rohit Bhatia. “We are calling on students to report any instances of this barbaric, ineffective, and banned practice to PETA India immediately.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that although the then Ministry of Environment and Forests issued guidelines to higher education authorities in 2012 instructing them not to permit animal dissection and experimentation in student training, the group continues to receive complaints from distressed students who are being forced to watch or take part in dissection lessons.
Every year, tens of millions of animals are carved apart in classrooms around the world. Their formaldehyde-preserved bodies are sent to students’ scalpels from various places: 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 stolen from the wild – a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies have repeatedly shown that students learn better from using humane, digital dissection alternatives such as Pro Dissector Frog, BioLab Frog, and Digi Frog than from cutting up dead animals.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.