As PETA India’s science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri is using scientific arguments and science-based strategies to end animal suffering in India.
Dr Koduri earned a degree in nanomedical sciences with a specialisation in nanotoxicology from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University. His experience with the use of in vitro methods to determine the toxicity of nanoparticles means he can say with authority that testing on animals is not only cruel but also unnecessary.
Dr Koduri has been working closely with scientific panels of the Bureau of Indian Standards and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation. He was instrumental in bringing about government policy change with regard to banning the testing of cosmetics on animals in India and banning the importation of animal-tested cosmetics. He was also influential in encouraging Indian educational governing bodies to stop the use of animals in the training of zoology, life sciences, pharmacological, dental and undergraduate medical students in favour of superior non-animal methods.
It's World Week for Animals in Laboratories (with April 24 marked as the day dedicated to these animals) -- the perfect time for us to question what animal experiments mean for the animals themselves, and for science.