(ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS) India may be close to ending all testing on dogs. The committee that oversees animal testing in the country has recommended the ban to the Drug Controller General, Dr. G. N. Singh. The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals, or CPCSEA, believes India should end experimentation on dogs and switch to more humane methods for research.

Organizations like the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), Cruelty Free International, and People For Animals India have been influential in the decision. The BUAV and FRAME provided an analysis proving that experiments in toxicity on dogs are ineffectual and ultimately unnecessary. Read the full article below for more on India’s animal testing politics. — Global Animal

India is close to ending testing on dogs. Photo Credit: Animal Law Coalition (ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS)
Dogs are currently exposed to toxins to predict whether substances are toxic to humans. Photo Credit: Animal Law Coalition (ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS)

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), which regulates the use of animals in experiments in India, has urged the Drug Controller General, Dr. G. N. Singh, to examine the country’s use of dogs in regulatory testing and consider switching to humane alternative approaches instead.

The move has come after Dr. Shiranee Pereira Tettamanti of People For Animals placed a proposal before the committee in 2013 to consider a ban on the use of dogs in research.  This was followed by a presentation from Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV and Cruelty Free International, on the results of a ground-breaking new analysis carried out by the BUAV, in conjunction with FRAME, which shows that using dogs in experiments to predict toxic responses in humans is not scientifically justifiable.

In the letter to Dr Singh, the CPSCSEA acknowledges the paper and states:

“It appears that the dog test provides essentially no additional confidence in the outcome for humans, but is at great ethical and financial cost.  …  The CPSCEA urges DCGI [Drug Controller General of India] to look into the matter and consider for [sic] the use of other alternatives.”

People for Animals India, the BUAV and Cruelty Free International have been working with the CPCSEA on the issue since 2013. The news comes on the day of a meeting between the Drug Controller General and Founder and Chairperson of People For Animals, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.  Mrs Gandhi will be reiterating our call to end the use of dogs in experiments in India.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV and Cruelty Free International said:

“The CPCSEA decision to push for alternative approaches instead of the use of dogs in cruel experiments is a hugely significant milestone.   We have always known that using dogs in research is ethically unacceptable, and our ground-breaking research provides proven evidence that it is not scientifically justifiable either.  I congratulate the CPCSEA for having the vision to recognise and act on this and I call on regulators around the world to follow their lead and end the use of dogs in research.”

More BUAV: http://www.buav.org/

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