For Immediate Release:
26 August 2016
Session Comes After Veterinary Council of India’s New Mandate to Phase Out Cruel Killing of Animals for Teaching Purposes
Bengaluru – Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, in collaboration with Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), is holding a workshop at the Veterinary College, Bengaluru, to help faculty implement ethical cadaver sourcing and preservation, as recently mandated by the Veterinary Council of India Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry degree course) Regulations, 2016. The new regulations instruct that cadavers for dissection should be donated animals who had incurable or terminal conditions and that each college must set up a humane body-donation programme within one year. The regulations aim to end the killing and suffering of live animals, such as calves, whose bodies have commonly been used for training. The interactive session will be led by Professor MS Amarendhra Kumar from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the US, and Dr S Yathiraj, dean of the Veterinary College, Bengaluru, will preside over the workshop.
“This workshop will help veterinary colleges in Karnataka take immediate, firm action towards implementing ethical sourcing and preservation of cadavers for teaching students anatomy”, says PETA India’s Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “In addition to this programme, many humane, highly effective teaching options exist, from simulation software to mannequins.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic live-animal methods. In a 2013 survey conducted by PETA India of final-year students at Bombay Veterinary College, 73 per cent agreed that willed or ethically sourced body donations are effective replacements for killing healthy calves for anatomical studies.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.