White ‘Rabbits’ with Wounded Eyes to Protest Animal Tests Just in Time for World Day for Animals in Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
22 April 2016

Neerja Khede; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Provocative PETA India Street Theatre to Shine a Spotlight on Plight of Animals in Laboratories

Delhi – Just a day before World Day for Animals in Laboratories (24 April), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will expose the torture of rabbits in laboratories around the world in the Draize test, an archaic product test for eye and skin irritation and corrosion. Sitting in restraint boxes with their heads sticking out, three volunteers will wear white costumes with “wounded” eyes to mimic the injuries inflicted on rabbits when chemical substances are dripped into their eyes for the Draize eye irritancy test.

When: Saturday, 23 April, 12 noon sharp

Where: Jantar Mantar (Dharna Road), Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi

“Rabbits in laboratories are caged, hurt and killed every day behind closed doors”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “PETA is calling on the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to ban the cruel and archaic Draize test in India in favour of humane and more accurate non-animal methods.”

The street theatre will also feature a backdrop emblazoned with a photograph of real rabbits being used in a Draize test, the results of which can include inflammation, ulcers, bleeding, bloody scabs, swollen eyelids, irritated or cloudy eyes, and even blindness – all of which can last for up to two weeks while experimenters record the damage.

A variety of modern, non-animal in vitro test methods for skin and eye irritation and corrosion are now available. These methods have been validated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international body responsible for producing and validating international test guidelines.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that countless monkeys, dogs, rats and other animals are also burned, blinded, cut open, poisoned, starved and drugged behind closed laboratory doors each year. These tests are not only cruel but also not directly applicable to humans because of the vast physiological variations between species. Modern, non-animal research methods are more human-relevant, less expensive, and faster than animal tests.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.