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Feb 9, 2009

PETA Requested Not To Experiment On Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India, has sent a letter to pharmacy educational institutions across the country urging them to shun animal experiments and adopt progressive, humane, non-animal alternatives, as recommended by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).

According to a release from PETA, every day, thousands of frogs, mice and rats are killed in college laboratories. The use of frogs in laboratory experiments would have a devastating impact on the environment. Researchers from the World Conservation Union had reported that around the globe, a third of all amphibian species, including frogs, were facing the threat of extinction. Many alternatives to animal experimentation were available.


Many universities in the country had agreed to end the use of mice, rats and rabbits for dissections and cruel experiments in pharmacology, biochemistry, zoology and health-science education. These universities were adopting alternatives such as CAL Pharmacology Compilation software, which would replace many pharmacology experiments involving animals. “These unnecessary and unethical animal experiments are not only cruel but also dangerous both for students and for the environment,” said Dharmesh Solanki, PETA India’s Senior Vivisection Campaign Coordinator.

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