UGC instructs colleges and universities to ban dissection and experimentation on animals for academic purposesAugust 8, 2014
Taking a step forward towards animals welfare, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all the universities and colleges to stop dissection and experimentation on animals for training purposes for zoology and life sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This step has been taken to prevent disruption of biodiversity and to maintain ecological balance, as reported by a daily.
As per the notification issued, no animal from any species shall be dissected, either by teachers or students for any purpose. In the year 2011, a partial ban was put on the same, according to which teachers were allowed to dissect as students watched ,while postgraduate students were allowed to dissect unprotected species. The UGC has also suggested the inclusion of animal ethics as a chapter in appropriate courses of study in order to sensitise students.
According to reports, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had met with UGC authorities on various occasions to show them that in nearly every published study on science education, non-animal methods - including computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and lifelike models - are shown to teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as and often better than cruel, archaic animal laboratories. A PETA statement said that the step was taken after numerous appeals to the UGC from PETA India and Maneka Gandhi to stop animal dissections and ensure compliance with the guidelines issued by the ministry of environment and forests in January 2012.
B.K. Sharma, a member of the UGC core expert committee, said that this move will save the lives of thousands of animals. He also said that if the students use on an average two animals, the move will save almost 18 million animals per academic session.