India Ends Dissection in University Classes
Students in Zoology and Life Science will succeed without harming animals
While U.S. states craft policy statements for students in grades K-12, India has banned the dissection of animals in zoology and life science university courses. The University Grants Commission, which is the governing body that sets standards for university education, issued guidelines in 2011 that exempt students from performing dissection for undergraduate classes and allow graduate students to opt out of dissection activities.
The Medical Council of India is also considering imposing a further ban on dissection in undergraduate medical course, as well as post-graduate courses. The move is not universally popular with all Indian scientists and science instructors who claim that animal dissections are indispensable for life science education and that the schools are not equipped to provide alternatives to dissection. Animal advocates disagree and applaud this progressive measure to save the lives of countless animals.
Congratulations to India’s University Grants Commission who moved forward with this ban despite any opposition.