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AIIMS Flouts Animal Testing Rules - Naresh Kadyan

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Please have a look ....... related laws & the punishments for their violation needs review / amendments at once.

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Joycey B (750)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 6:01 pm
Aims needs to start following the rules. They should be repremanded for breaking them. Noted with thanks Naresh.

Kathy W (299)
Sunday October 5, 2008, 8:26 pm
A laboratory technician with no special training in animal care told the person who shot the video, "These are small animals. It does not matter if they die."....That is disgusting. If they don't do as the law says, than they should be punished for breaking the laws!!! Feel so bad for these animals suffering this way. Thank you Naresh.

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:27 pm
ZEE News cover the story & OIPA INDIA lodged a complaint with the Police to take legal action against the offenders / to rescue the animals.

Judith Jaehn (199)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:45 pm
Thank goodness this cruelty has finally been exposed! The lives of all animals matter!!!
Thank you Naresh! Noted! So glad you are back with us!
Abolish Animal Slavery!

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Monday October 6, 2008, 5:57 pm
Kind attention :- Commissioner of Delhi Police.
Kindly refer to the report of the Hindustan Times along with the Zee News story on this issue with video's coverage -
As per the proof stated above, it is confirmed that the treatment with the laboratory animals in AIIMS animal house is not up to the mark / animals are being ill treated over there.
As per the guidelines issued by the CPCSEA -
So the further experimentation on the animals in AIIMS may be discontinued due to disobedience / violations of the set procedures. Hence you are requested to direct the concerned SHO to lodge an FIR against Director / in charge of the animal house for violation of the section 3, 11, 17 chapter 4 of the P.C.A Act, 1960 -
Naresh Kadyan,
Representative for INDIA,
C-38, Rose Apartment, Prashant Vihar, Rohini,
DELHI - 110085
Mobile - +91-9813010595
- +91- 9313312099

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Wednesday October 8, 2008, 12:21 pm
Reacting to a Hindustan Times report titled “Caged to Die” on October 6, the Ministry of Environment and Forests sent a team from the Committee for Purpose of Control and Supervision on Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) to check on the condition of animals at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Even before the team went inside to inspect the animal facility, one of the members of CPCSEA, Dr Anil Kumar Gupta, accused the HT reporter of her intent being motivated.

“Earlier media blamed AIIMS for phase III trials, you are pointing fingers at phase I and II trials, it seems like you want to stop all research activity going on at AIIMS. It could be some international organisation funding you,” he said.

“The animal facility at AIIMS meets the required standards prescribed by the CPCSEA and one had no reason to doubt the animals are being ill-treated,” said Dr Gupta, who is an expert consultant with CPCSEA.

HT had reported earlier on two monkeys –– number 2287 and 2617 –– who are about 18-22 years and have spent their entire life in two-feet by two-feet enclosures.

Both the monkeys should have been freed many years ago, according to the CPCSEA norms, which says no animal can be experimented on for more than three years. Defending this, Dr Gupta said the monkeys “have been kept in captivity for breeding and not for the purpose of experiment.”

When asked about the age till when monkeys (rhesus macaques) could breed, Dr Gupta did not respond.

The report also carried a picture of sheep with leg deformities. Dr Gupta said the sheep are not “suffering from bone degeneration or arthritis. Their legs are crooked because they are a case of ‘healed fracture, callous formation’.”

Yet again, the reporter was not allowed to enter the animal facility. “We can let you go in only after the CPCSEA committee submits its report,” said Dr Y.K. Gupta, spokesperson, AIIMS.

The administration did not allow the members of Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre to enter the facility either, saying, “You do not let any outsider enter your territory.”

Pragya Juneja, director at the Maneka Gandhi-run, animal care facility was at AIIMS to rescue and rehabilitate the sick animals, but not

given permission despite several requests.

AIIMS authorities are waiting for the CPCSEA members to submit their report before initiating any further action. “We have also asked the AIIMS ethics committee and animal welfare committee to submit their reports. We shall take appropriate steps only after reviewing all reports,” said Sailesh Yadav, deputy director administration at AIIMS.

No action has been initiated against the senior veterinary official Dr Pardeep Yadav. He escorted the CPCSEA members into the facility.

“We will take action if the administration finds anything wrong. If any deficiency is found all efforts will made to rectify it,” said Dr YK Gupta.

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:46 pm
Animal activists are now seeking political intervention in rescuing sick animals at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chairman of Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), seeking their intervention in rescuing and rehabilitating the sick and dying animals at the animal facility at AIIMS.

Earlier this week, a two-member team appointed by the Ministry of Forest and Environment visited AIIMS and voiced their opinions on the high standards maintained at the facility, even before visiting the actual state of affairs.

HT possesses copies of the letters PETA has written to the ministry where they are questioning the credibility of the CPCSEA appointed committee.

The letter says, “We are apalled the agency the parliament of India put into place to control and supervise experiments on animals and promote the use of non-animal test methods does not seem to be doing its job.”

“How can any member of inspection team ever issue any statement to the press in favour of any institute who has been accused of allegedly breaching the law before the facts have been ascertained?” the letter reads.

PETA had also written to the union health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss but so far, PETA has not heard from him.

Meanwhile, the CPCSEA committee has drafted their report but are still to present it to the CPCSEA body. “We have done our job but cannot disclose its contents,” said Dr Harmeet Singh Rehan, head, department of pharmacology at Lady Hardinge Medical College.

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:18 am

The Director,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences – AIIMS,
New Delhi.

Subject:- Information under RTI Act, 2005.

It is submitted that OIPA – is a International organization duly recognized by the UN Department of public information & undersigned represent OIPA in India.
It is observed that IAEC constituted under the AIIMS administration failed to minimize the sufferings of laboratory animals kept in the animal house, hence I would request you to please give me information under RTI Act, 2005 :-
1. That how many animals are kept in the animal house at present species wise ?
2. That if there any animals protected under the Wild Life Act, 1972 like monkey & you kept for experimentation then necessary permission from the wildlife department / CZA be obtained or not, further are these animals are used for breeding purpose, if yes then under which authority, please reply with no’s & where are the parents monkeys ?
3. How many animals are rehabilitated after completion of experiments, please give me the no’s species wise & where they were rehabilitated?
4. How many persons deputed to look after animals kept in animal house, please give me information about their duties / designation & pay scales?
5. Which kinds of experiments conducted on the animals since beginning of the animal experimentation by the AIIMS, please reply along with the results & where are the animals at present used for the said experimentations?
6. Do you have all directions of the CPCSEA & notifications of the Govt. related to the subject, please give me the references of the same & action taken report for strict compliance?
7. Please clarify the needs of experimentation on each animals & which kinds of problems / injuries / stress faced by these animals during their use & which kinds of steps / measures adopted by the AIIMS to minimize the animal sufferings, how many animals are surplus / required their rehabilitation at present & what you are going to do for the same ?
The necessary fee postal orders required under the said act enclosed herewith.
Naresh Kadyan,
Representative of OIPA in India,
C-38, Rose Apartment, Sector – 14,
Prashant Vihar, ROHINI – DELHI – 110085

Cc for information & n/action to the Union Health Minister / Secretary to the Ministry of Health / Environment & Forest
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