Sunday, April 25, 2010

Animal Dissection: US group, PETA urge UGC to mordernise

New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) Taking the dissection debate a step further, a US-based organisation, in collaboration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, has urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to put an
end to animal dissection in varsity courses and adopt a mordernised approach.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Director Hope Ferdowsian has written to UGC Chair Sukhadeo Thorat asking that the Commission should ban dissection in college zoology courses.

In the letter, Dr Ferdowsian has pointed out that a wide range of non-animal methods were available.

''Methods like computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs, films, charts and lifelike models teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well or in better way than
animal-based lessons,'' he said.

Expressing concern that dissection sends a dangerous message to students, he said it could also put students' health at risk.

''The agent that is used to preserve animals who are killed for dissection, is a hazardous chemical that can cause nausea, headaches and breathing difficulties and
has been linked to cancer.''

PETA India campaigner Anuradha Srivastava said replacing cruel and archaic experiments on animals with computer models and other modern methods would improve students' understanding of biology while saving the lives of countless animal.

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