A drug research centre in India has come under criticism by animal rights campaigner and ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson for its treatment of monkeys and other animals.
She has commented that a secret video shows a number of monkeys kept in "cramped, barren and rusty cages for years on end." She says that it broke her heart to see this and that on behalf of PETA she had written in complaint to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
AdvertisementBut the AIIMS director, Dr. Y.K. Gupta has stated that only state-of-the-art facilities are used and has also denied having received any letter from Anderson.
The government of India, though, has taken note and has prepared a bill aiming at regulating experiments on animals by institutions and individuals.
The proposed Animal Welfare Act, 2011 talks of a committee for the purpose of control and monitoring of experiments on animals. The committee, needs to consist of a number of officials and non-officials and representatives from Central Zoo Authority, the Veterinary Council of India and members of animal welfare organizations, who will guarantee that the experiments are carried out with "due care and humanity".
The ministry has invited discussion on the draft legislation, which will replace the existing Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, by March 20.