university, medical and pharmacy school laboratories and classrooms – and those
of us who care about them – have reason for celebration. Following an extensive
campaign by PETA India, forward-thinking scientists and other caring people, the
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has issued guidelines to the Medical
Council of India (MCI), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and University Grants
Commission (UGC) to completely stop dissection and experimentation on animals for training both undergraduate and
post-graduate students and to use non-animal methods of teaching instead!
victory was hard fought. In addition to writing letters to all the entities
mentioned above, our efforts included gathering petition signatures from
university students, progressive scientists and other caring individuals;
celebrity involvement; media coverage and online action by you!
Also key to
this victory was our engagement with the scientific community. In September,
the Indian National Science Academy organised a brainstorming session in which
scientists from all corners of India were invited to discuss the use of animals
in education and research. PETA India was the only organisation that was given
a chance to be a part of the discussion panel. We shared the information on available alternatives, gave examples of how medical
schools in the US and the UK phased out the use of animals in their curricula
and submitted a dossier of non-animal alternatives to the president of the MCI.
As a first step in the victory, the UGC website published guidelines for phasing out
dissection of animals
in life-sciences courses.
PETA India sponsored a series of free workshops on alternatives to the use of
animals in bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) programmes,
which allowed us to reach nearly 500 medical teachers from 120 medical schools
across India, many of whom decided to change to non-animal methods of
instruction. Then, in February, we submitted a dossier of alternatives to use
of animals in pharmacy education to the president of the PCI, who immediately
informed us that they would begin the process of removing animals from pharmacy
education and invited us to a brainstorming session with officials from the UGC
and the PCI.
MoEF agreed with PETA that animal experiments should be avoided when
alternatives are available, according to section 17(d) of the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. These new guidelines constitute a ban to which
all the schools should strictly adhere.
This is an
important win, but many animals continue to suffer and die in commercial
laboratories. You can help them by urging the Ministry of Health &
Family Welfare to implement a complete ban on testing cosmetics on animals.
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