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Sponsored by: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Each year, pigs are being killed in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts. They need your help!

At Baystate, trainees are instructed to make incisions and insert tubes and needles into a pig's chest cavity, abdomen, throat, and the sac surrounding the heart. If the animals survive the invasive procedures, they are killed following the training session.

Innocent pigs don't deserve to suffer and die through this horrific practice! It's wrong, especially when there are superior, nonanimal training methods available. Every other ATLS program in Massachusetts uses only human-based methods for trauma training.

Sign the petition below to Baystate Medical Center staff now! Urge them to immediately replace the use of live pigs in the hospital's Advanced Trauma Life Support courses.

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To: President Keroack, President Shendell-Falik, and Dr. Gross

I am writing to ask that you modernize and humanize trauma training at Baystate Medical Center by immediately ending the use of animals in your Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. Your medical center is among only one percent of ATLS programs in the United States and Canada that uses live animals for this type of training, while 299 other programs use only human-relevant methods. In addition, Baystate is the only ATLS site in Massachusetts to still use live animals.

In 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in six areas of medical training (including ATLS), because "sufficient simulation models [are] available to meet medical education and training needs." There can be no valid rationale for continued animal use in your facility's program since nearly all other ATLS programs do not use animals, the American College of Surgeons endorses simulation to replace ATLS animal use, and the Department of Defense has switched to nonanimal training methods.

I urge you to follow the prevailing standard of trauma training and immediately begin using only simulators and other human-relevant training methods in your ATLS program.


Petition Signatures

Sep 20, 2017 Barbara Beatty
Sep 20, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Sep 20, 2017 Mary Mand
Sep 19, 2017 Sophie Berkley
Sep 19, 2017 Evelyne DOMPMARTIN-DERI
Sep 19, 2017 Amy Mozzocchi
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 David Cunningham
Sep 18, 2017 CM Gormly
Sep 18, 2017 K Laufenberg
Sep 18, 2017 Luisa Anaya
Sep 18, 2017 Lorraine Cracknell
Sep 17, 2017 Gelisa Rivera
Sep 17, 2017 Patricia Toner
Sep 17, 2017 Frank Puglis
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Lacey Velvet
Sep 17, 2017 Jen Kuzaro
Sep 17, 2017 maz james
Sep 17, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 17, 2017 Sam Baldwin This is cruel and must stop
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Marcy Chamblin
Sep 17, 2017 Wendy Douglas
Sep 17, 2017 Gail Farmer
Sep 17, 2017 Pat McCubbing 7
Sep 17, 2017 Christian Lorenz
Sep 17, 2017 Rose Kenny
Sep 17, 2017 Lynne Miles
Sep 17, 2017 Trish Young
Sep 17, 2017 Jeanne Heugh
Sep 17, 2017 Irie Rogers This is evil.
Sep 17, 2017 Lyudmila Dobrovolskaya
Sep 17, 2017 Delivia Burnell
Sep 17, 2017 Elisa Osso
Sep 17, 2017 Patricia Tarantino
Sep 17, 2017 margaret Roy
Sep 17, 2017 jan barden
Sep 17, 2017 Carole Newsome
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Amy Rukamp
Sep 16, 2017 Stephanie Corona
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 Jane Koszarek
Sep 16, 2017 Tami Ewert
Sep 16, 2017 Tracy Carvell
Sep 16, 2017 Karen McIver
Sep 16, 2017 Caitlin Ten eyck
Sep 16, 2017 Janice Everett Unacceptable. No reason to torture these animals, especially when there are other alternatives to conduct your research. Shame on you for your cruelty.
Sep 16, 2017 Margrit Simons

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