Stop University of Washington's Cruel Ferret Lab!
  • Petitioned Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.

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Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
President, University of Washington
Michael Young

Stop University of Washington's Cruel Ferret Lab!

    1. Petition by

      PCRM FOUNDATION

We need your help to stop the abuse of animals by the University of Washington. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explaining that the school is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live ferrets in its pediatrics residency program. Please help this effort by asking the University of Washington to ends its use of ferrets for pediatrics residency training today.

In the pediatrics residency program at the University of Washington (UW), breathing tubes are pushed down the throats of live ferrets to teach endotracheal intubation. This painful procedure is repeated numerous times on each animal and can cause tracheal bruising and bleeding. Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary.

So far, the responsible UW faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. Please sign our peitition and urge the school to end this cruel and unnecessary practice.

Medical simulators such as Gaumard’s Premie HAL and Laerdal’s SimNewB, which was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn and average newborn, respectively. Both of these simulators are superior training tools for endotracheal intubation compared with the use of live animals.

More than 85 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States do not use animals. It is time for UW to join the majority. Please tell UW today to replace the use of animals in its pediatrics residency program.

You can read our complaint (PDF) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture here.

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    News

    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. PCRM Files Cruelty Complaint Against UW for Ferret Use

      Invasive ferret use in the University of Washington’s pediatrics residency program violates state law, says the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in a legal complaint filed July 14.

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. UT Health Science Center in San Antonio announced that it has stopped using ferrets in its pediatrics residency program. Time for UW to make the humane switch, too!

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Good news from PCRM: "The committee responsible for the oversight of animal use at the university is actively discussing this practice after PCRM wrote to the committee chair." Keep the pressure on!

    7. Reached 2 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • SANDRA PLANTAGENET BELGRADE, SERBIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Reason......They have feelings to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is tjis reason good enough ?

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    • Francis Butts GEORGETOWN, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • about 3 years ago

      What the hell is going on here? What happened to the Physician's creed of "do no harm?" Why use any live animal for this type of training if alternative methods are available. I wouldn't wish this procedure on a rat let alone a Ferret. These animals really don't make good pets either. So my suggestion is to leave them to themselves as nature intended!.

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    • Harry Robinson JUNEAU, AK
      • about 3 years ago

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    • Barbie Dill PUYALLUP, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      there is no reason to use real animals for experiments when there are approved other methods, this makes me sick!!!!!

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    • Grainne OCarroll BLACKROCK, IRELAND
      • about 3 years ago

      Using animals for pediatrics training is outdated and cruel.

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