Don’t Let Thousands of Animals Die in Classroom Dissections

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Target: Professor Ved Prakash, Chairman of the University Grants Commission

Goal: Don’t lift vital and progressive ban on dissecting animals in universities.

A committee meant to regulate experiments on animals is requesting that the university ban on animal dissection is lifted, despite the numerous unnecessary deaths this move would cause. Back in 2014, the University Grants Commission, which coordinates university education in India, took the humane and forward-thinking decision of banning animal dissection in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, promoting the use of far more efficient digital alternatives instead.

However, the Environment Ministry’s committee in charge of animal welfare in experimentation is paradoxically pushing for the ban to be lifted. It has written to the University Grants Commission requesting that the use of animals be encouraged in university curriculums. Experts have slammed the request, criticizing the perplexing fact that “the body constituted to replace animal testing is promoting it” and “leading us back to the stone age.”

Lifting the ban on dissection would lead to thousands of sentient creatures being needlessly killed to be cut open. Sign this petition urging the University Grants Commission to dismiss this archaic request and continue to make progressive moves for animals and science.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Professor Prakash,

Back in 2014 your commission took the humane and progressive decision to ban animal experimentation in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. This kind and enlightened move has saved countless animal lives and helped teach students that animals are sentient creatures that do not exist merely to serve our needs.

The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) is now requesting that the ban on experimentation is lifted. We urge you to ignore this archaic demand and continue to take forward-thinking decisions to protect animals and promote humane scientific learning.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Janet Stephens

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12 Comments

  1. Using animals for research and education is not only unethical, but scientifically unjustifiable. Fortunately, progress is being made that allows for the use of valid alternatives in research — at present many reputable entities are utilizing these alternative methods, which are all available and replace the use of animals completely & permanently — Have you not looked into alternative humane methods for your experiments? — so many of your colleagues along with other reputable institutions do NOT use animals. — Research on animals need NOT be done — nowadays, there are alternative methods NOT using animals which is

  2. Using animals for research and education is not only unethical, but scientifically unjustifiable. Fortunately, progress is being made that allows for the use of valid alternatives in research — at present many reputable entities are utilizing these alternative methods, which are all available and replace the use of animals completely & permanently — Have you not looked into alternative humane methods for your experiments? — so many of your colleagues along with other reputable institutions do NOT use animals. — Research on animals need NOT be done — nowadays, there are alternative methods NOT using animals which is what many reputable research institutions are using — pay a visit to PCRM — who are strongly AGAINST using animals for all research purposes.

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