Hospitals End Fatal Use of Rabbits and Pigs: One Action
we continue to save lives and stop cruel training practices! We recently
learned that PCRM was successful in ending the use of rabbits and pigs in
trauma training courses at two Canadian medical facilities.
pediatric trauma training course in Hamilton, Ontario, trainees made an
incision between live rabbits’ ribs and inserted a plastic tube into
the animals’ chest cavities. In another course at Hamilton Health
Sciences, up to 91 pigs per year were used in a course in which needles
were inserted into the animals’ chest cavities and the sacs around
their hearts. Pigs were also used in a trauma training course at Saint John
Hospital in New Brunswick. Both hospitals now teach these crucial lifesaving
procedures with medical simulators modeled on the human body.
urged course directors and administrators at both medical centers to adopt
nonanimal training methods. We also filed a federal complaint against Hamilton
Health Sciences with the Canadian Council on Animal Care before the hospital
confirmed that it had replaced animal use.
victories are part of PCRM’s highly successful United States- and
Canada-wide effort to replace the use of animals in Advanced Trauma Life
Support courses. With your help we have saved thousands of animals from
being used in these courses and advanced medical training at dozens of facilities
across North America.
contact Baystate Medical Center president and CEO Mark Tolosky and Chief
of Trauma and Emergency Surgical Services Ronald Gross, M.D. Ask Mr. Tolosky
and Dr. Gross to replace the use of pigs in all ATLS courses with the validated
nonanimal training method that Baystate already owns. Please remember, being
polite is the most effective way to help these animals and improve medical
provided you with some text but if you choose to write your own here are
some talking points:
I am writing to urge you to end the use of animals in Baystate’s Advanced
Trauma Life Support program.
2. The vast majority of ATLS programs in the United States and Canada exclusively
use nonanimal methods like the TraumaMan System.
3. Baystate owns the TraumaMan System and could immediately replace the
use of pigs.
the “Send Message” button and your e-mail will automatically
be sent to Mr. Tolosky and Dr. Lee.
immediately replace the use of live animals in Baystate’s Advanced
Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program with an American College of Surgeons-approved
alternative such as the TraumaMan System. Baystate’s state-of-the-art
medical simulation center, which currently owns TraumaMan, affords you the
opportunity to seamlessly transition to nonanimal training methods.