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Stop cruelty against animals: PFA
Dehradun | Sunday, Jul 3 2011 IST
 
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The People for Animals Organisation, Uttarakhand has lodged an FIR recently against the Director of Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) for promoting and encouraging foul practices and criminally neglecting the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

According to the PFA (Uttrakhand) member Secretary and Animal Welfare Board of India northern region sub-committee member Gauri Maulekhi, the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) has already directed HIMS to stop experimentation on animals till further directions were issued.

It has also been proposed to the Ministry of Environment and Forests that an inspection team should be set up to supervise experimentation in all the medical institutes in the state. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India has also issued notices to the Director of HIMS in this matter, she said. Further, it was also directed to visit the animal housing facility periodically.

''While most animals were killed after the experiments, it was shocking to learn that there were no scientific methods of rehabilitation of surviving animals,'' she alleged.

Despite the fact that complaint in this regard was given to the Forest Department on June 2, along with all the relevant documents, no action has been taken by them so far, Ms Maulekhi said.

Cruel practices adopted at the Institute were exposed by PFA and a formal report in this regard has also been submitted with the Central and state government. Suspicions of sadistic activity were confirmed when no anesthesia records were found with the authorities, said Ms Maulekhi, recently after inspecting the HIMS.

The HIMS orthopedics, anatomy and pharmacology departments were found conducting experiments on animals in conditions that would not just hamper furtherance of learning but also misleading, she alleged stressing that HIMS was criminally flouting laws by keeping animals in filthy conditions and cautioning that such animals were most likely to provide faulty and misleading results which could be a setback for science.

Some records were not updated for months and some were found altogether missing. The CPCSEA recommends that the facility where these animals are kept must be air conditioned while at HIMS, not even fans were functional in the box rooms where animals were housed in, she alleged. The cages were unscientific and the food and water provided to them was filthy and contaminated with urine and faecal matter. She further demanded that prompt action must be taken against the guilty officials in HIMS in this matter.

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