PETA officials hold meeting with Pakistani government, agree to end animal experiments in universities

Vice President Shalin Gala and President Ingrid Newkirk, took part on behalf of PETA in the online meeting

PETA officials hold meeting with Pakistani government, agree to end animal experiments in universities

PETA officials and the Head of the Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit, Salman Sufi, have held a meeting to discuss modern veterinary and biomedical research, approaches to wildlife protection, and training for the protection of animals.

Vice President Shalin Gala and President Ingrid Newkirk, took part on behalf of PETA in the online meeting. During their ‘historic meeting,’ many important points were discussed, including potential collaboration topics.

PETA and Pakistani government hold meeting

Here are the points discussed in the meeting:

  1. Assisting with repatriation efforts for non-native species who have been trafficked to Pakistan to be kept as pets.
  2. Helping universities and provinces to transition to more effective, economical, and ethical non-animal simulation models for veterinary education to replace the killing of animals for such training.
  3. Implementing an education program to help people learn how to treat animals.

In a statement, PETA mentioned that it will send ‘follow-up information to Mr. Sufi’ for his consideration in implementing other reforms. These include: replacing the use of animals in medical training, biomedical research, and classroom dissection exercises with modern methods, along with setting up a national non-animal research methods database and working.

PETA further remarked that it is pleased to be working with a ‘visionary’ leader like Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

”We look forward to a long and productive collaboration that will benefit animals, advance human health and boost Pakistan’s status on the world stage.”

Government to seize animals

Prior to this, the Pakistani government announced new reforms for the protection of stray animals in the capital.

Sufi tweeted that he was considering seizing the wildlife living privately in unsuitable conditions. He also stressed that the wildlife belonged to the wild, and there is no justification for bringing it into homes and ‘keeping’ it there.

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