Memorial University of Newfoundland ended live animal use in a medical student
laboratory. Every Canadian medical school now uses non animal education
Last month, the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) announced an end
to its pig lab in an e-mail to PCRM. The animal lab became the subject of
controversy after the university learned of PCRM’s plans to file a
legal complaint with the Canadian Council on Animal Care arguing that the
school’s use of live pigs violated federal guidelines.
medical schools in Canada now teach students with modern non animal educational
methods, including human-patient simulators, such as those now in use at
MUN. MUN’s move toward non animal methods comes hard on the heels
of similar announcements from medical institutions across North America.
"Canada has completely ended live animal labs, which should send a
clear signal to the handful of U.S. medical schools still clinging to these
inhumane and educationally inferior procedures,” says PCRM cardiologist
John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C. “It’s time for the remaining seven
U.S. schools to end animal use and embrace the future of medical education.”
decision to move from live animal use toward nonanimal methods in medical
training is also sweeping Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) classes.
Last month, PCRM persuaded the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to
stop using and killing live pigs in its trauma training classes. The victory
follows a complaint PCRM filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture stating
that the animal use was a violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
objection to the use of live pigs in the class received coverage on local
TV and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper also printed an editorial
that says the university’s use of pigs is “a practice that the
hospital system nevertheless says it is phasing out.”
UPMC has agreed to phase out its animal use, PCRM is urging the institution
to make the change immediately, before more pigs are unnecessarily killed.
UPMC’s next ATLS course takes place Nov. 18 and 19. Please ask the
medical center to replace animal use before that course.
ATLS courses, such as UPMC’s, trainees cut into live, anesthetized
pigs and practice procedures such as inserting a tube and needle into the
animals’ chest cavities and cutting into their throats. After the
training session, the animals are killed.
help save animals at the medical schools and ATLS programs that continue
to use and kill animals, visit PCRM.org/Research.