She urges the institute to retire the aging monkeys meant for medical research
Mon, Feb 21, 2011 03:46:06 GMT
Hollywood celebrity and an avid PETA activist Pamela Anderson has asked for the freeing of ageing monkeys at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
She is reported to have written a letter to N.C. Deka, director of the premier health institute in Delhi, on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urging for the retirement of the ageing monkeys after watching video footage taken secretly inside AIIMS.
“It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video. But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day,” Anderson wrote.
“I was shocked to see that rabbits are forced to live in wire-floored cages; the sharp wire digs into their sensitive footpads and can cause their feet to become stuck,” she added.
She also pointed out that many of the monkeys at AIIMS have been languishing in cramped, rusty cages for more than a decade and that one monkey has been suffering in these conditions for nearly 20 years.
'Please, won't you at least agree to retire the animals who have been at AIIMS the longest to a sanctuary?' Anderson asked Deka in the letter.
Apparently, Pamela’s letter hasn’t been ignored and the government is reported to have prepared a bill aiming at regulating experiments on animals by institutions and individuals.