For Immediate Release:
26 August 2011
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]
PETA Sends Certificate of Appreciation to Top University Regulatory Commission for Recommending Non-Animal Methods for Practical Studies
New Delhi – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is celebrating a major victory for animals that was achieved with the help of actor Rahul Bose. The University Grants Commission (UGC) – the apex regulatory body for higher education in India – has accepted the recommendation of an expert committee to end animal dissection in university and college laboratories. The UGC’s decision follows PETA’s extensive campaign, which included letters to the chair and expert committee of the UGC, petitions from students and other caring individuals asking for a dissection ban and an appeal from Rahul Bose. Soon undergraduate students will no longer be required to dissect animals and dissection will be optional for postgraduate students. In addition, universities will be informed that they must also adhere to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which prohibits the killing of amphibians and certain insects, and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
“By eliminating animal dissection, Indian’s top university governing body is making sure that students use the most modern education tools possible, meaning computer models over animals”, says PETA India Science Policy Advisor Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Compassionate students across the country will now be able to learn without being forced to hurt and kill animals in the classroom.”
Every year, thousands of frogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits have been suffering and dying for university laboratories. The UGC’s panel of experts agree with the findings of nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature: non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and lifelike models – teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.
Because of its inherent cruelty to animals, dissection can deter students from achieving in the sciences. Research has shown that a significant number of students at every educational level are uncomfortable with the use of animals in dissection and experimentation, and some even turn away from scientific careers rather than violate their principles.
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