Sick And Injured ‘Horse’ To Lead Protest Against Drug Producers

For Immediate Release:

24 April 2018


Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Nirali Gada; [email protected]

During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA India Will Call On Government to End the Torture of Horses Used for Drug Production

Delhi – In the midst of World Week for Animals in Laboratories, a sick and injured “horse” will lie lifeless on the street outside the Rajiv Chowk metro station on Wednesday. During the protest, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will display signs calling on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to end the tremendous suffering of horses used by antitoxin producers.

When: Wednesday, 25 April, 12 noon sharp

Where: Outside Rajiv Chowk metro station, Palika Bazaar, Gate No 6,Connaught Place, Delhi

“Antitoxin producers use horses as living blood bags while leaving them to endureslow, miserable deaths from untreated illnesses, injuries, and infections,” says PETA India’s Dr Dipti Kapoor. “This World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA India is calling on the government to ensure that these suffering horses receive the veterinary and rehabilitative care that they desperately need and to make the transition to non-animal methods of drug production.”

Every year, thousands of horses are used as living factories to produce antitoxins. They’re repeatedly injected with toxins and bled frequently to make these drugs. A series of inspections carried out by a team of experts authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) documented that equines at the facilities examined were malnourished and anaemic, had bleeding and unattended wounds and injuries, and suffered from poor dental care, digestive tract issues, diseased hooves, and skin diseases such as ringworm. Many were forced to stand in their own excreta. Seriously ill animals were left to die slowly without the relief of euthanasia or proper veterinary care.

Last year, the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals suspended the experimentation licence of Chennai-based Mediclone Biotech Pvt Ltd, one of the facilities implicated in AWBI’s report for having poor animal health and improper care and housing conditions. However, horses still remain in dire conditions there.

To prevent thousands of horses from being used to produce antitoxins and antivenins, the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd, of which PETA India’s scientists are a part, is funding groundbreaking research into methods to produce antitoxins for diphtheria – a serious illness that can cause difficulty breathing and severe damage to the kidneys, nervous system, and heart – without using animals.

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