The American star is currently in India filming
X-Files star Gillian Anderson, has written a letter to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requesting a ban on repeat experiments on animals in toxicity tests.
The 47-year-old who is a supporter of welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is currently in India shooting for Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House.
In her letter addressed to minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, Anderson said: “It’s an honour to be in Jodhpur shooting Viceroy’s House, a film set in 1947, a sad and momentous year in India’s history. India holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, but especially for its cultural reverence for animals.
“I was so pleased to hear from my friends at PETA that the Drugs Technical Advisory Board operating under your ministry agrees that animals should not have to undergo cruel tests for new drug registrations when complete data from earlier toxicity experiments already exist for drugs that have been approved abroad.
“I therefore respectfully request that you move this process along by amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, immediately in order to stop redundant drug testing.”
The drug advisory board recommended a ban on repeat experiments on animals in toxicity tests for drugs that are already approved abroad. The move is expected to spare the lives of thousands of animals each year.
She added: “[R]ats, rabbits, primates,dogs and other animals used for drug testing are confined to barren cages. They are forced to ingest or inhale drugs or have them smeared on their skin or put in their eyes. … [T]he Drugs Technical Advisory Board … agrees that animals should not have to undergo cruel tests for new drug registrations when complete data from earlier toxicity experiments already exist”.
An amendment to the rule would be required to bring the ban into law.