Stop Mississippi's Cruel Pig Lab
  • Petitioned James Keeton, M.D.

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Dean, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine
James Keeton, M.D.

Stop Mississippi's Cruel Pig Lab

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      PCRM FOUNDATION

We need your voice on an urgent matter. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Medicine is in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act for using live pigs in its curriculum. Please help this effort by asking UMMC to end this animal use today.

UMMC uses live pigs in its medical student physiology lab, which is scheduled to occur four times this month and will involve a total of 32 pigs. In these laboratory sessions, students will place catheters in the arteries and veins of the pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students will then open the pigs’ chest cavities and massage the hearts. Afterwards, the animals will be killed.

It is time for UMMC to make the change. UMMC is one of only seven medical schools in the U.S. and Canada still using live animals for training. Furthermore, UMMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could easily provide nonanimal training methods for its physiology lab.

So far, the responsible UMMC faculty and adminsitrators have ignored pleas to change this method. Please help us by telling UMMC School of Medicine dean Dr. James Keeton to end this cruel and unnecessary practice!

 

 

 

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    • Bernie Campbell GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      What a bunch of sickos, how cruel, use the new technology! or do you get your kicks out of cruelty? I think these professors, as well as researchers do. They should be punished for animal cruelty.

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    • Loretta Hollings FAIRFAX, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      I urge you to end using live pigs for your medical student physiology lab. The majority of medical schools have stopped using live animals for training on ethical grounds and because there are now other methods such as state-of-the-art simulation centers which provide better training for students and do not involve the unwarranted suffering of live animals. I urge you to end this cruel and unnecessary practice now.

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    • Megan Cain ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      Stop this horrific evil abuse of animals.

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    • Will Brasfield NEW HAVEN, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      live pigs in its medical student physiology lab... this is the kind of barbaric obscenity that should be only a distant memory.

      This program is an embarrassment to the school and should be shut down immediately.

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    • linda rosevear LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      there is absolutely NO NEED to be testing on animals anymore you barbaric people. how do you sleep at night

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