The Medical University of South Carolina Mutilates Pigs

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Originally Posted: 1 Jun 2010

The Medical University of South Carolina Mutilates Pigs

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Please contact David Cole, chair of The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) department of surgery, and ask him to immediately replace the use of pigs for these cruel training exercises with modern human-patient simulators that are already in use at MUSC.


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And/Or make direct contact:

David Cole, M.D.
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Room 420!
Mt. Pleasant SC 29464
phone (843) 792-4638


A recent PETA investigation prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cite laboratories at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for violations of federal animal welfare laws and revealed that MUSC continues to cut holes in the throats and chests of live pigs in a cruel and deadly trauma training exercise, even though the university has replaced animal use with a state-of-the-art TraumaMan simulator to teach the very same skills in it's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

Comparative studies by leading trauma surgeons have repeatedly found that the use of TraumaMan—in addition to saving animals' lives—is superior to the use of animal labs for preparing trainees to treat injuries in human patients. TraumaMan and other simulators are endorsed by the American College of Surgeons and are used instead of animals in 95 percent of ATLS courses across the U.S.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!