PU department bans dissection of animals in lab

By Iffath FathimaScience laboratories, practical classes will have to use other alternatives like texts, multimedia content

The Department of Pre University Education (PUE) has issued a circular banning use of any kind of animals at science laboratories during biology lessons. This circular came following a request submitted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to the department.

From now on, no PU college in Karnataka will be allowed to use animals for biology practical classes. “In the month of September, we received a letter from PETA adviser, Rohith Bhatia, requesting us to put a ban on using animals at our PU college science labs. Considering the same, we have issued a circular,” said a senior official of the department.

As per Section 17 (d) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (1960), educational institutions and hospitals should stop experiments with animals at their labs

“We have asked the college authorities to look at alternatives to animals. For instance, the concepts can be explained with multimedia content,” mentioned official. Smart use of photographs and textbooks are advised.

However, this has received a mixed reaction from students, with some fear that this decision will rob them of practical knowledge. “Practical knowledge is important for us at this level, at least for those who are serious about taking up medicine,” said a student. The other section of the student body argues that it is not difficult to get practical knowledge without using animals. “With several species having been destroyed, it is our responsibility to protect animals,” said a PU student.