Victory! PETA Forces Finish to Pig-Mutilation Drills at College of Tennessee Faculty of Medication

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For Rapid Launch:
April 13, 2023

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The College of Tennessee (UT) Faculty of Medication (UTCOM) will instantly cease utilizing reside pigs in its surgical and medical coaching packages following a rigorous, 17-month PETA marketing campaign towards the apply.

This main announcement got here in a letter to PETA from Peter Buckley, chancellor of the College of Tennessee Well being Science Heart, which oversees UTCOM. Buckley stated that “the usage of reside animals within the surgical and emergency medical coaching packages on the COM’s Chattanooga campus….will now not be a obligatory element of this coaching.”

The choice got here after greater than 97,000 PETA supporters wrote to school management urging an finish to the varsity’s pig mutilation medical coaching drills. PETA additionally engaged Emmy Award winner and star of Babe James Cromwell to write down to highschool management and confronted Buckley in addition to other UT officials at campus occasions. Supporters spoke out at UT Board of Trustees conferences in February 2023 and October 2022 and wrote criticism letters to UT System President Randy Boyd and Buckley. PETA additionally ran a full-page ad within the Business Attraction, probably the most extensively circulated newspaper within the Mid-South, and took other campaign actions.

“PETA thanks the College of Tennessee Faculty of Medication for doing proper by pigs, physicians, and sufferers in ending its grotesque coaching drills wherein reside animals have been mutilated,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “Modernizing surgical and trauma coaching will save human and nonhuman lives.”

Final yr, after listening to from PETA, UTCOM’s hospital accomplice, Erlanger Well being System, announced a new policy banning its workers—in addition to its emergency medevac supplier, LIFE FORCE—from collaborating in live-animal medical coaching drills, together with these at UTCOM.

Beforehand, UTCOM management had stated that public discovery of its animal drills would “be very damaging to the Faculty of Medication and [its] credibility” in an internal e-mail obtained by PETA.

UTCOM coaching classes concerned inducing collapsed lungs, reducing into an artery to induce bleeding, and cracking open the ribs if resuscitating the pigs failed. The animals who survived the intrusive drills have been killed. Research present that medical expertise discovered on pigs don’t successfully translate to the therapy of human sufferers due to important anatomical and physiological variations between the species, whereas medical professionals who discovered lifesaving surgical expertise on human simulators are more adept.

PETA is now urging Oregon Health & Science University to stop using live pigs as human stand-ins to apply surgical procedures throughout its obstetrics and gynecology residency coaching program and as a substitute swap to more practical human affected person simulators.

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