We need your help to end the cruel and unnecessary use of live pigs at Johns Hopkins University. Recently, several Maryland physicians filed a criminal complaint on Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, alleging that the school's use of pigs in its medical student curriculum is illegal due to its failure to use validated, non-animal alternatives. Please lend your support by signing this petition and asking the dean to end this animal use immediately.
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Md., uses live pigs in its medical student surgery clerkship, which occurs almost weekly. In the training session, live pigs are offered for students to practice suture and knot-tying skills and to perform simple surgical procedures. At the end of each session, the pigs are killed. So far, the responsible faculty members and administrators at JHU have ignored pleas to improve this training and replace animals.
The pigs’ pain and suffering is entirely unnecessary. Of the 176 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, only seven (or four percent) use live animals to train students. In contrast to JHU, the University of Maryland School of Medicine relies exclusively on the use of nonanimal training methods via its state-of-the-art simulation center to teach medical students the very same skills and procedures for which JHU uses animals.
Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.