PETA And Orissa University Of Agriculture And Technology To Hold Workshop To Promote Compassionate Science Education, Research

For Immediate Release:
12 November 2013

Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Medical, Veterinary, Zoology and Life-Sciences Professors From Colleges and Universities Across India to Attend

Bhubaneswar – Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) – in association with PETA – is organising a national workshop for medical, pharmacy, veterinary, zoology and other life-sciences professors, post-graduate students and researchers from colleges and research laboratories all over India in order to familiarise them with humane methods of educating students, such as by obtaining cadavers ethically and using non-animal models and computer-simulation programmes.

The keynote speakers at the workshop, which will be held on 13 November, will include Professor MR Kar, the vice chancellor of OUAT; RK Das, OUAT’s registrar; Dr PC Bisoi, a dean at OUAT; and Dr AK Mahapatra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar. The speakers for the technical session will include Dr RV Prasad, head of the division of pre- and para-clinical sciences at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University in Karnataka; Dr V Ramakrishna, a retired professor of the anatomy and histology department at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University; Dr Mohammad Akbarsha, director of the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Centre for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education in Trichy; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA’s director of veterinary affairs; and Dr Chaitanya Koduri, PETA’s science policy adviser. More than 170 delegates from various colleges and research laboratories will attend the workshop.

“PETA commends Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology for promoting the most modern and humane educational and research tools available”, Valliyate says. “Students across the country can now learn life-saving techniques without participating in cruel classroom exercises that hurt animals and violate the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath of helping, healing and saving lives.”

Every year, an estimated 1,000 calves are killed in India to teach veterinary anatomy and surgery to students, and countless frogs, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits have suffered and died in college laboratories for science training and research. Nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods – including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and life-like models – teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic animal laboratories.

Because of the cruelty to animals inherent in dissection, it can deter students from succeeding 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 careers in science rather than violating their principles.

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