For Immediate Release:
20 August 2010
Kolkata – After the Pharmacy Council of India announced to the University of Mumbai that it does not mandate the use of animals for its practical examination under the Education Regulations 1991 and instead recommends the use of non-animal research methods, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India wrote to every Indian university that has a pharmacy college and asked each to replace crude and cruel animal experiments with progressive and humane non-animal alternatives. Of the universities that have responded so far, Kolkata University and eight others have assured PETA that they have ended animal experimentation. PETA is now recontacting those universities that have failed to respond or are still using animals in experiments and ask them to also modernize their teaching methods in order to save animals and provide students with a first-rate education.
“Now that nine universities have emphatically said ‘No!’ to animal experiments, other universities with pharmacy colleges have no excuse for not modernising”, says PETA India campaigner Dr Anuradha Srivastava. “Forcing students to hurt and kill animals in the classroom is cruel and denies them the modern education that they’ll need to excel in their profession.”
The nine universities that have ended animal experiments in their pharmacy colleges are Jadavpur University, Pondicherry University, Manipal University, Allahbad Agricultural Institute (Deemed Univesity), Saurashtra University, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Annamalai University, Solapur University and Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
Every day, thousands of frogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits suffer and die in college laboratories. Many alternatives to animal experimentation are available, including interactive computer simulations, which can replace pharmacology experiments involving animals and have been shown in comparative studies to teach students as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.
PETA’s letter to the universities is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.