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UGC issues guidelines to stop animal dissection

UGC issues guidelines to stop animal dissection
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UGC Issues Guidelines to Stop Animal Dissection. UGC, the apex regulatory body for higher education in India has finally taken some action to ensure...

Mumbai: UGC, the apex regulatory body for higher education in India has finally taken some action to ensure compliance by sending a letter to all universities under its jurisdiction after more than two years since UGC published official recommendations calling for an end to animal dissection and animal experimentation for university and college zoology and life sciences courses in a phased manner.

Considering numerous appeals from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and MP Maneka Gandhi to the UGC to stop animal dissections and to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued by the ministry of environment and forests in January 2012, the decision was taken by the Apex body.

Instead, UGC has written to universities seeking compliance of the guidelines it issued in 2011, which state undergraduate students should no longer be required to dissect animals but that one animal could be dissected by the professor for demonstration purposes and that dissection will be optional for postgraduate students. While this is progress, PETA India points out it falls short of the recommendations made by the ministry in 2012 which aim to eliminate animal dissections entirely.

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