For Immediate Release:
27 April 2011
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Release Innocent, Long-Time Animal Inmates
New Delhi – Trapped in metal cages and holding placards that read, “AIIMS Imprisons Animals in Cages for Ages”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will call on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to do the right thing and finally release the animals who have been held in its laboratory for longer than three years to an approved 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.
Date: Thursday, 28 April
Time: 12 noon
Place: AIIMS, outside the main gate facing Ring Road, New Delhi
“The monkeys held by AIIMS have done nothing wrong, yet they seem to have been given life sentences with no chance of parole”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “The least that 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 many monkeys were living by themselves in tiny cages that were barren and rusty. Sick and injured animals, including rabbits who suffered 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.
Actors Pamela Anderson and Celina Jaitley recently joined PETA in calling on 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. Broadcast-quality video from inside AIIMS’ Central Animal Facility can be found here. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com or click here.