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INDIA: Dissection of animals in zoology and life science university courses banned

The University Grants Commission (UGC), which sets the standards for university education in India, in August banned the dissection of animals for academic purposes at the undergraduate and post-graduate university levels in zoology and life science courses. The UGC issued a notification stating, “No animal from any species shall be dissected, either by teachers or students for any purpose.”

 

This notification follows a guideline issued by the UGC on the phasing out of dissections issued in 2011 and the decision of the State Board of Andhra Pradesh to discontinue dissections in 2013 (see ALTEX 4/13). In March, the Medical Council of India imposed a ban on animal dissection in undergraduate medical courses as well. People for Animals (PfA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with participation of the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center for alternatives in the life sciences (MGDC) have strongly advocated the ban of animal dissections in life science and medical education for many years.

 

Several frog species have become endangered in the past 40 years because they have been collected in large numbers for dissection classes. Instead, students will now be required to draw organ systems that are displayed or projected and learn from models or charts as well as computer-simulated dissections where these are available

 

 

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