For Immediate Release:
12 July 2010
Bangalore – Upon learning that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has withdrawn its requirement that every medical school in India maintain an animal house and use animals as teaching models, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Bangalore Medical College, St John’s Medical College, M.S. Ramaiah Medical college and Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences urging it to replace the use of animals in medical training with modern, non-animal methods. In addition to making animal houses optional, MCI has recommended that schools adopt computer-assisted models to replace animals. The amendment follows PETA’s letter to MCI asking that it eliminate the requirement and provide educators with information on non-animal training methods.
“This is a major step forward in medical education”, says PETA India’s Dr. Anuradha Srivastava. “Medical colleges now have the opportunity not only to spare animals’ lives but also to provide students with the most modern training methods available.”
Medical students are often required to kill frogs by piercing the animals’ brains with needles and to cut out the organs of other animals. Many top medical-training institutions in the US – including Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine – no longer have live-animal laboratories. Instead, they use some of the many alternatives to animal experiments, which include interactive computer models, non-invasive human-based experiments and high-tech human patient simulators that breathe and respond to drugs and treatments just as humans do.
PETA India is informing medical schools throughout the country about the new regulation and offering them assistance in making the transition to non-animal teaching methods.
A copy of PETA India’s letter to the medical schools is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.