19 Million Animals Saved?

Approximately 19 million animals are dissected in India each year for educational purposes, but that number might be reduced to zero due to a recent University Grants Commission (UGC) request to phase out their use in favor of educational technology such as CD-ROMs, films, charts and lifelike models.

“By recommending the elimination of animal dissection, Indianís top† university governing body is doing everything possible to ensure that students use the most modern education tools possible,† meaning computer models over animals”, said a representative of† PETA India. (Source: onegreenplanet.org)

The animal rights organization ran an extensive campaign in India resulting in the UGC’s decision to recommend phasing out the practice of animal dissection. India has over 2.5 million undergraduate and graduate students in the life sciences, who use real animals to study, which is the reason each year the total number used is about 19 million. This huge number was expected to grow because of emerging science fields and more students entering colleges and universities, so it is likely far more than 19 million animals per year would have been used. In just ten years over 200 million animals could have been killed for dissection. Frogs, sharks, salamanders, birds, snakes, turtles, and fish are some of the animals used in dissection that are captured from natural habitats.

Furthermore, discontinuing the use of real animals will save money for the educational institutions, because many have to be purchased year after year. Digital media and reusable learning aids can be purchased once and last multiple years. Additionally, educational technology is a growth industry requiring more multimedia specialists and e-learning designers, so it can support sustainable new jobs and continue improving the virtual learning experience.

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Mrs N Franz
Mrs N Franz4 years ago

Hope this may, bring some sense in people!!!!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U5 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Pamela W.
Pamela W5 years ago

Ellen M .... proud of you girl !!!

Good news from India - not sure if it's been "passed" yet but it's a great step in right direction!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Thank you. Save the animals!

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

My sister was doing a uni course to become a vet and left because she couldn't stand dissecting frogs without even any pain relief. She could have been a good vet and who knows how many others have been lost to the profession for the same reason. All those frogs etc and frogs numbers are way down, they need to be protected. There should be no room for cruelty imposed by a profession that is meant to bringing help to animals.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Bring it on!

peggy p.
peggy p6 years ago

i refused to the frogs back in the day also. so cruel.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog6 years ago

Beautiful! I think it's sad that a country known for respecting animal life has taken so long to switch to computer models, but of course money is always an issue...glad that steps are being taken to rectify this!