Tell Baystate Medical Center: Stop Using Live Pigs in Trauma Training
  • Petitioned Ronald Gross

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Baystate Medical Center Surgery Dept.
Ronald Gross
President & CEO, Baystate Medical Center
Mark Tolosky

Tell Baystate Medical Center: Stop Using Live Pigs in Trauma Training

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Recently, Massachusetts General hospital stopped its use of live animals in trauma training courses, leaving Baystate Medical Center as the only hospital left in Massachusetts - and one just a handful in the country -  that continues to use live pigs in their trauma training. 

During training at Baystate, the chests and throats of the pigs are cut into, and tubes are often inserted down their throats. After the surgery, the animals are euthanized. 

The American College of Surgeons approved non-animal training procedures, including the TraumaMan system, which Baystate already owns. 95 percent of medical centers now use non-animal based methods of training. 

It is time that Baystate joins the majority of other medical centers, and stops killing pigs unnecessarily. 

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      This is a very poor reflection of Baystate Medical Center.

    • Priscilla Wille SOUDERTON, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      What the hell is wrong w/these people?!!

    • Linda S. Wells-Cooke ROSWELL, NM
      • about 3 years ago

      Did you know that a pig is as intelligent as the average three year old human child?

    • Alicia Cellana NORTH ADAMS, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      As a Massachusetts resident, I am appalled to discover that Baystate is still continuing to use pigs in an inhumane, cruel way ... and for what? As we have seen, the rest of MA hospitals have stopped and the American College of Surgeons has approved non-animal procedures.... WHY would you continue to inflict harm and undue pain on a harmless, loving animal?

      This NEEDS to stop.

    • vickie tracy MT.PLEASANT, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      not neccessary....find another way...just wasteful and cruel...a drunk driver has trama...that's his own fault..


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