Target: Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State
Goal: Thank Mr. Tharoor for working to protect the animals of India from inhumane practices in medical schools
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals-India is recognizing an outstanding advocate for animals by giving its “Person of the Year” award to Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor. Mr. Tharoor has worked to including animal welfare in textbooks, and to change educational practices so as to save countless animals from experimentation. Anytime an active member of government contributes so much to the protection of animals is a significant step, and Mr. Tharoor deserves our gratitude.
During his term, Minister Shashi Tharoor wrote several letters to union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urging him to institute new methods for teaching medical students that do not require harming animals. In 2012, Mr. Tharoor’s dream became a reality when the Ministry of Environment and Forests instructed all establishments associated with graduate and post-graduate courses in medicine or pharmacy to immediately discontinue dissection and animal experimentation. The significance of this directive is nearly incomparable to any other animal welfare achievement. India has within its borders the world’s largest number of both medical institutions and medical students, with more than 100,000 students at any given time. This means hundreds of thousands of animals are being saved each year from the torture of experimentation.
Mr. Tharoor continues to encourage the director of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) to consider including PETA’s secondary education-approved programs in textbooks. He said of the use of animals in medical schools, “The use of animal dissection in teaching at the graduate and post graduate levels is completely avoidable.” The official statement regarding the award on behalf of PETA was, “We are thankful to Minister Tharoor for his work and for recognizing that animals deserve kindness and consideration.”
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Minister Shashi Tharoor for his incredible contribution to animal welfare in India.
Dear Minister Tharoor,
You were recently voted “Person of the Year” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), for your outstanding contributions to animal welfare. In persuading the Ministry of Environment and Forests to issue a directive ending the use of animal experimentation and dissection in medical schools, you have saved hundreds of thousands of animals from torture and death each year.
Thank you for your amazing work. I hope that your contributions to animal welfare continue to be recognized and I wish you a great deal of success in all of your future efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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