Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cruelty to Pigs Begins Monday, April 27

We Have only Four Days to Save Pigs from Trauma Training in North Dakota!

This alert just in from PCRM (Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine):

Monday, April 27, live pigs are scheduled to be used and then killed in a trauma training course at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Help is needed to end this unnecessary and cruel use of animals, which takes place in partnership with MeritCare Hospital.

Across the nation, more than 90 percent of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses are effectively taught using human-based simulators, not live pigs. But in Fargo, this course involves cutting open live, anesthetized pigs and practicing emergency medical procedures. After the training session, the animals are killed.

Please call, e-mail, or write a letter to North Dakota State University (NDSU) president Joseph A. Chapman, Ph.D., and politely ask him to end animal use in the institution’s ATLS course.

Joseph A. Chapman, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University
Old Main 102, NDSU Dept. 1000
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-7211

Then forward this message to your friends who care about animals. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals. Send an automatic e-mail.

This is my brief email if you'd like to use it when you get to the form:

Please consider using the TraumaMan System for your experiments, instead of live pigs. This alternative is effective and avoids the unnecessary cruelty and death of live pigs.

Thank you,

Tara Pierce
(make sure to put your snail and email address here; it gives more authority to your message)

Last month, PCRM obtained records through the North Dakota Open Records Law that prove that North Dakota State University is partnering with MeritCare Hospital in Fargo to use live animals in its Advanced Trauma Life Support program.

On April 15, 2009, PCRM filed a complaint with NDSU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The complaint cites outdated and misleading information provided to the committee by the ATLS program director.

In addition, the complaint cites an ongoing survey by PCRM, which has so far received responses from 202 ATLS programs in the United States and Canada. The survey has found that 188 of those programs (more than 90 percent) exclusively use nonanimal models for instruction. The vast majority of those 188 programs exclusively use the TraumaMan System. Learn more about the TraumaMan System.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Thanks so much for your help!

Best regards,

Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Programs

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