Q. What does the law say regarding conducting of experiments on animals?
A. Section 4 of the Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) Rules, 1968 lays down certain conditions for the conducting of experiments involving animals which are as follows:
- Experiments should be performed with due care and humanity.
- Experiments shall be performed in every case by or under the supervision of persons duly qualified in a laboratory adequately equipped and staffed for the purpose and under the responsibility of the person performing the experiment.
- Minimum number of animals shall be used in an experiment.
- Experiments involving operative procedures more severe than simple inoculation or superficial venesection shall be performed under the influence of anaesthetic of sufficient power to prevent the animal feeling pain and it shall remain so throughout the experiment.
- The experiment shall not be performed for the purpose of attaining or retaining manual skill.
- Experiment shall not be performed by way of an illustration of lecture in schools or colleges.
- Experiments shall not be performed as a public demonstration except for advancement of knowledge.
- The substance known as Urari or Curari or any such paralysant shall not be used or administered for the purpose of any experiment except in conjunction with anaesthetic of sufficient depth to produce loss of consciousness.