Thursday, July 09, 2009

Cruelty to Pigs Alert - Immediate Action Needed

Help End This Weekend's Cruel Pig Lab at Vanderbilt University

I received this action alert from Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Programs, PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine):

This weekend, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville plans to perform emergency medical procedures on live pigs before killing them. Please tell the school’s dean that this needs to stop.

Please call, e-mail, or write a letter to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine dean Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D. Ask Dr. Balser to replace the use of pigs in all Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses with validated nonanimal training methods. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals and improve medical education.

Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
D-3300 MCN 2104
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone Number: 615-936-3030

While participants in the ATLS program at Vanderbilt still cut open the airways of live pigs and insert tubes and needles into the animals’ hearts and chest cavities, more than 90 percent of U.S. ATLS programs use only human-based medical simulators.
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Thanks so much for your help!

Best regards,

Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Programs, PCRM

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