‘Biotech inventions curbing animal culling'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, KARNAL
  • Updated: May 03, 2014 00:13 IST

Director of the NDRI, AK Srivastava, on Friday said that the path breaking inventions in the biotechnology had helped in curbing animal culling in the healthcare sector to a great extent.

Speaking at a function on World Veterinary Day here on Friday, Srivastava said that earlier animal extracts were used in manufacturing of insulin and oxytocin but now the synthetic materials were being used for the same.

“But that’s not all. Lipstick is one of products with mass consumption for which animals including guinea pigs and mice are slaughtered for the cosmetic manufacturing. Process of acquiring animal fat in this case is considered as one of the cruelest,” he said, adding that animal welfare should be kept in mind in all sectors.

The director said that it was a little known fact that horses were slaughtered for making anti-venoms.

“Serum or blood plasma of horses is used to make antidote for the snakebites. Till date there is no substitute for the technique but the scientific fraternity hopes that more innovations would minimise animal killing and usage of the alternatives ways from natural or synthetic materials would be developed,” he said.

On the occasion, Srivastava urged the veterinaries to adopt safety measures while treating ill-animals.

Veterinarians are prone to get infections particularly from the animals ailing with illness related to the reproductive organs. Surgeons should learn to use left hand to avoid any worst damage to the veterinarian handling an ailing cattle,” said Srivastava, while advising strictly against the consumption of raw milk.

“Boiling of milk eliminates scope of any side effect on humans from cattle infection or medication to animals,” he said.

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