The Medical University of South Carolina Mutilates Pigs

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Originally Posted: 18 December 2011

The Medical University of South Carolina Mutilates Pigs

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Please contact Raymond Greenberg, president of MUSC, and tell 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.

Raymond Greenberg
President, Medical University of South Carolina
Colcock Hall
179 Ashley Avenue, MSC 001
Charleston, SC 29425
phone (843) 792-2211
greenber@musc.edu

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

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. The investigation also revealed that MUSC continues to cut holes into the throats and chests of live pigs in a cruel and deadly trauma training exercise, even though the university uses state-of-the-art simulators to teach the very same skills in its other courses.

Comparative studies by leading trauma surgeons have repeatedly found that the use of simulators, such as TraumaMan (which is approved by the American College of Surgeons) is superior to the use of animal labs for preparing trainees to treat injuries in human patients—in addition to saving animals' lives.

I was dismayed to learn that the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) still uses live pigs to train its medical residents in trauma procedures, even though the same procedures are already taught in another course at MUSC using a modern, educationally superior human-patient simulator. To continue harming animals for this training when MUSC itself has already deemed simulation to be a superior teaching method is unjustifiable.

I urge you to please act swiftly to end these cruel pig labs.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!