The University of Missouri (MU) is most known as one of the top ten best schools for medicine. Unfortunately, behind that prestigious title is a sad fate for innocent pigs. As part of students’ emergency medicine residency training, they are required to perform horrific procedures, including cutting into the animal’s throat, chest, and abdominal cavity in order to insert needles and tubes, and for practicing heart surgeries. In a Care2 petition, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is urging MU to stop killing innocent pigs and find another way!
Once these invasive and painful procedures are completed, any surviving pigs are then killed. It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but this is their reality. By signing the petition, you can help to change that … because it’s completely unnecessary. MU knows there are other ways to perform the same training with the same, if not better, results, but apparently, they need to hear it from the public. Other universities like the University of Massachusetts Medical School replaced pigs with simulators in 2010, and Massachusetts General Hospital made the change in 2011. There are several technologies available to replace outdated systems and training practices that harm others. Seems like an oxymoron to us – causing suffering and death to one life in order to train to save another?
This is not the first time PCRM has called out schools and other companies for using old-school practices that hurt innocent animals. They recently posted billboards inquiring why Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts was “stuck in the past” and still using pigs in their research and training. They also played a huge part in Western Michigan University’s recent decision to stop using live animals in their training. As you can see, there is no good reason as to why MU can’t move to more advanced technologies to train their students.
According to a survey of emergency medicine residency programs across the U.S. and Canada, 95 percent of programs use only non-animal, human-relevant training methods for their students. It’s time MU takes the necessary steps to implement change and stop murdering innocent animals. Please sign and share the petition today – the sooner we demand change, the more lives we can save!
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