Animals make sacrifices for the well being of mankind and it is important to express our gratitude to them, according to experts.
Animals provide biological information and the knowledge gained from experimentation in animals has unlocked many secrets and made it possible to understand many diseases, they said.
They were speaking at a function at the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) here to celebrate the World Laboratory Animal Day.
Highlighting the contribution of animals, Geethanjali, Member Secretary, Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, stressed that animals should be treated with sensitivity.
Justice T N C Rangarajan talked about the principles of animal experimentation. The World Laboratory Animal Day is celebrated all over the world on April 24 to commemorate the sacrifices of the laboratory animals.
The day was founded by Britain’s National Anti-Vivisection Society in 1979 to mark the birthday of Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, a staunch animal welfare activist.