For Immediate Release:
3 March 2011
PETA India Calls for Laboratory to Release Animals Who Have Been Held There as Long-Time Prisoners
New Delhi – Wearing monkey masks and orange prison suits and holding banners that read, “AIIMS Is Animals’ Guantanamo”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will call on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to release the animals who have been held in its laboratory for longer than three years to a sanctuary. Laboratories in India are generally required to rehabilitate animals after three years of use, yet many of the monkeys at AIIMS have been languishing in cramped, rusty cages for up to a decade, and one monkey has been there for nearly 20 years. Footage from inside AIIMS animal dungeon can be seen at PETAIndia.com.
Date: Friday, 4 March
Time: 12 noon (sharp)
Place: AIIMS, Ring Road entrance (400 metres from Aurobindo Road and AIIMS Metro Station), New Delhi
“The innocent monkeys being held by AIIMS have been given life sentences with no chance of parole”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “The least AIIMS can do for these abused animals is to release them to a sanctuary where they can be truly rehabilitated.”
Video footage taken inside AIIMS’ Central Animal Facility in Delhi revealed that monkeys were isolated by themselves in tiny cages that were barren and rusty. Sick and injured animals, including rabbits suffering from an infectious skin disease and wounded guinea pigs and rats, were left untreated. Many rats and monkeys turned in endless circles in the small cages, having been driven insane by laboratory conditions.
Actor Pamela Anderson recently joined PETA India in calling for AIIMS to release its abused animals and immediately switch to non-animal research methods that are more humane and advanced. Former Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha has also called for the animals’ rehabilitation and for conditions to be improved at AIIMS.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.