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Each year, pigs are being killed in emergency medicine training at the University of Missouri Columbia School Of Medicine (Mizzou). They need your help!The Physicians Committee filed a federal complaint to stop the practice, but Mizzou still refuses to change its ways!
At Mizzou, trainees are instructed to cut into the animal's throat, chest, and abdominal cavity in order to insert needles and tubes, and to practice cardiac procedures. If the animals survive the invasive procedures, they are killed before the final procedure is performed.
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. Mizzou already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could replace the use of animals, and more effectively train students.
Sign the petition below to Mizzou staff now! Urge them to immediately replace the use of live pigs in their emergency medicine residency program.
To: Patrick Delafontaine, M.D.; Christopher S. Sampson, M.D.
I am writing to ask that you modernize and humanize medical training at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia by ending the use of animals for training emergency medicine residents. As you know, emergency medicine residents at Mizzou are instructed to cut into live pigs to practice procedures. However, there are validated and widely available human-relevant methods that allow trainees to repeat procedures and hone their skills without harming animals.
Mizzou's emergency medicine residency program is in a small minority in the United States and Canada, as 167 of 185 surveyed programs use only nonanimal methods such as simulators and cadavers. In fact, all other emergency medicine residency programs in the state — including Washington University and Mizzou's Kansas City campus — exclusively use human-based training methods. Mizzou already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that offers a full range of high-fidelity mannequins and partial task trainers that could 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.