Tulane Must Stop Using Animals

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Originally Posted: 25 March 2010

Tulane Must Stop Using Animals

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Ask the Dean of Tulane to immediately replace the use of animals. Please call or e-mail Dr. Sachs today and ask him again to join the 95 percent of institutions that use human-based trauma training methods.


Benjamin P. Sachs, M.B.
Senior Vice President and Dean
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL 77
New Orleans, LA 70112
phone (504) 988-5462


Today, a Louisiana physician and PCRM member filed a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the Tulane University School of Medicine is in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act for using live pigs in a trauma training course for physicians. Ask the dean of Tulane to immediately replace the use of animals. The next course begins today.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses teach procedures designed to treat acute trauma injuries. The American College of Surgeons, which oversees ATLS courses, has approved the use of medical simulators such as the TraumaMan System to teach these courses, yet Tulane continues to use live pigs. In these courses, numerous invasive procedures are practiced on anesthetized pigs. At the end of each course, the pigs are killed.

So far, Tulane University senior vice president and dean Benjamin Sachs, M.B., has ignored pleas to change this method. Please help us by calling or e-mailing Dr. Sachs today and urging him again to end this cruel and unnecessary practice.

Tulane University School of Medicine is among only 5 percent of U.S. institutions using animals for these courses. Furthermore, Tulane already owns several TraumaMan System units as part of its state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!