Mumbai: Actor and activist Rahul Bose has urged the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to support a ban on the dissection of animals in the zoology classes in universities.
"I am writing to express my support for replacing the dissection of animals in university zoology classes with computer-generated virtual dissection programmes, observation of animals in field studies and other humane teaching methods," Rahul Sunday wrote in a letter to NAAC director H.A. Ranganath on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
"Animal dissection is an outmoded approach to education that does little for students other than desensitise them about animal welfare issues, animals` ability to feel pain, and their own compassionate feelings," a statement quoted Rahul as writing.
"It is a disservice to university students to demand that they use such a cruel and archaic method when studies have shown that virtual dissection software provides students with an equivalent or even superior understanding of anatomy and complex biological processes. Non-animal teaching methods are also associated with increased learning efficiency as well as higher examination scores and student confidence.
"I urge you and your committee to choose modern and humane alternatives to animal dissection both for the sake of animals and improved education," Rahul wrote.