High Court seeks Centre response on PETA plea

PETA claims that the practice leaves the equines in poor health.

PETA claims that the practice leaves the equines in poor health.  

Opposing use of equines for medicines

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked Centre and various pharma firms to respond to a PETA plea opposing the age-old practice of using horses and mules for producing antitoxins and antivenoms.

Next hearing

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A.J. Bhambhani posted the case for further hearing on August 14.

The Bench had earlier issued notices to several Central Ministries, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Committee for Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) and various Indian pharma firms. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has pleaded to exclude animal-based production techniques wherever an alternate mechanism is available. The prevalent practice, developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, of producing antitoxins or antivenoms involves injecting equines with a limited amount of the poison and thereafter, bleeding them to harvest the sera produced.

It claimed that the practice leaves the equine in poor health, violates mandatory legal requirements and “impinges upon the basic right to life of animals”.

The NGO urged the government to “encourage development of non-animal based production techniques” for manufacturing anti-toxins, anti-venoms and other antibodies, so that use of animals, especially equines, can be phased out.

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