End teaching on Live Sheep

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An upcoming workshop in Auckland will be teaching surgeons how to do gynaecological surgeries on live sheep. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), have planned to use live sheep to train on at their upcoming conference, despite the existence of better and more humane methods.

We are concerned for two main reasons: for the well-being of future human patients, and the wellbeing of the sheep they are performing surgery on.

We reached out to RANZCOG to find out if they had considered using one of the many viable non-animal based methods that currently exist instead. Their response was to remove all reference to the sheep from their website.

We then contacted the RANZCOG Board, Council and the Conference Organising Committee members urging them to stop their plans to use live sheep and use a better, more humane method instead.

We received a disappointing response, RANZCOG is going ahead with their plans to use live sheep to train obstetricians and gynaecologists at their upcoming laparoscopic training workshops being held at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland on the 27th and 28th of October. They must be embarrassed about it because they have now removed all mention of the laparoscopic workshop from the annual scientific meeting programme!

We even offered to help source alternative equipment that could be used instead and could train the students better.

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