FUDAN University has set up the city's first animal ethics committee
to protect the welfare and rights of laboratory animals, university
officials said yesterday.
Researchers and teachers must apply in advance to the animal ethics
committee and receive written approval before conducting experiments
and research at Fudan's pharmaceutical college.
The decision was effective June 1.
Concerned medical students and animal rights activists have urged the
university to build a memorial to the many animals that have suffered
and died for science in work on campus.
"The organization is set up to regulate the ethical treatment of
laboratory animals and bring the country's practice in line with
international codes," said Cheng Nengneng, the committee director.