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Rabbits and sheep are suffering and dying in emergency medicine training at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. They need your help!
Emergency medicine residents practice on live animals — they are instructed to make incisions into the throats, chests, and even skulls of rabbits and sheep. The procedures continue even if the animal dies while on the operating table. If they survive the procedures, at the end, each innocent animal is killed one by one.
This is Animal Cruelty 101! And, it's ineffective!
Cutting up and killing innocent animals to train future emergency medicine physicians is an outrage — there are superior, nonanimal methods! In fact, HCMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could provide the resources to replace the use of animals.
Please help stop this cruelty by taking action. Sign PCRM's petition to the CEO of HCMC — urge them to stop killing rabbits and sheep and switch to simulation now!
Jon L. Pryor, M.D., M.B.A.
Hennepin County Medical Center
I am writing to ask that you end the use of animals for training emergency medicine residents at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). As you know, at HCMC, emergency medicine residents are instructed to practice procedures on live rabbits and sheep. However, there are validated and widely available nonanimal methods that allow trainees to repeat procedures and hone their skills.
HCMC's emergency medicine residency program is in a small minority in the United States, as 126 of 142 surveyed programs use only nonanimal methods such as simulators. HCMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could provide the resources to replace the use of animals. To ensure that future emergency physicians are receiving educationally and ethically superior training methods, please end the use of animals immediately!