India: UGC bans use of animals for research in laboratories, AGAIN


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again directed all the universities under it to stop experimenting with animals as research in their laboratory. Animal protection wings and animal lovers have welcomed the directive.

As a part of the initiative, the affiliated universities are supposed to register online with the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiment on Animals (CPCSEA), which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment responsible for the prevention of cruelty to animals. By being a part of it, the universities will be agreeing to comply with the guidelines in their Life Sciences and Zoology courses.

The UGC has instructed the universities to consider and comply to the matter on priority-basis. An ‘action-report’ is expected from them by July 30. As many as 1,544 universities have already registered with the Committee.

A ban was also implemented on animal dissection in 2011 and…

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