For Immediate Release:
20 December 2018
Dr Dipti M Kapoor; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
State Will Ensure Modern Teaching Tools Are Used Instead of Mice, Frogs, and Other Animals
Amaravati – As part of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s campaign to end animal dissection in schools, and after the group sent letters to government officials in every state, the Commissioner of School Education, Andhra Pradesh, instructed the Regional Joint Directors of School Education and the District Educational Officers in the state to take necessary action to prohibit the use of animals for dissection in schools and to replace animal dissection with modern, non-animal methods.
“Animal dissection is cruel and archaic – it has no place in today’s schools, as superior, modern, non-animal teaching tools are widely available,” says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Dipti M Kapoor. “Andhra Pradesh is doing right by students and animals alike by cutting out dissection, and PETA India stands ready to provide schools with any assistance they may need in order to make the transition.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that every year, tens of millions of animals are carved apart in classrooms around the world. Frogs are commonly taken from the wild – a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies have repeatedly shown that using humane, digital alternatives such as ProDissector Frog, BioLab Frog, Digi Frog, and Froggipedia – an Indian app that Apple recently named iPad App of the Year – is more effective in teaching biology than cutting up dead animals. Such programs can be used repeatedly, which saves time and money, and they also help maintain ecological balance by sparing animals’ lives.
Following efforts by PETA India, progressive scientists, and others, the University Grants Commission prohibited the use of animal dissection in life sciences and zoology university courses. The Medical Council of India has refused to allow the use of animals to train undergraduate students, instead favouring modern, non-animal teaching methods, including simulations and computer-aided learning. And the Veterinary Council of India is enforcing regulations to phase out the killing of calves for surgical training, introduce the use of computer simulations, establish an ethical body-donation programme, and require that other humane teaching methods be used in veterinary education.
PETA India’s correspondence with Andhra Pradesh government officials is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.