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'Shatrughan Sinha calls for end to animal dissection in PG courses'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The PETA today said former Union minister and senior BJP leader has written to the (MCI) and urged it to replace animal and experimentation with non-animal training methods in all postgraduate medical courses.

Calling animal a "vestige" of a "crueler, less enlightened time", Sinha said computer-assisted learning (CAL) and human-techniques are among the methods that can replace animal use in postgraduate medical curriculum, the quoted him as saying.

"Ultimately CAL programmes save money because unlike programmes that use animals they can be used repeatedly, allowing students to duplicate each step till they are proficient and confident," he was quoted as saying in a letter by the PETA.

"Every medical school in the US and Canada, including those at Harvard, and Duke universities, now use an animal curricula," he said.

Sinha said the would be doing right if they ended the "archaic practice" of dissecting and experimenting on animals in post graduate medical courses.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:25 IST