Only Two Medical Schools Still Use Animals in Medical Training
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C., Physicians Committee
April 2015

ACTION

I am very excited to share with you news that has been 30 years in the making! When the Physicians Committee was founded in 1985, the majority of medical schools were using animals routinely killing dogs to teach students. We tackled this head-on, and the first step toward ending these animal labs was to make them optional. Then one by one we have stopped them. Until a few days ago, there were still four holdout schools. Now we are down to just two!

Tell Dr. Ziegelstein that it is time for Johns Hopkins to follow the example of every other medical school in the United States (with the exception of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga) by making the switch to simulation because the future of medicine deserves better.

Sign an online petition here - Tell Johns Hopkins University: Stop Using Animals for Medical Trainiang

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Roy Charles Ziegelstein, M.D.
Vice Dean for Education
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore MD 21224
phone (410) 550-0523
fax (410) 550-1183

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am very excited to share with you news that has been 30 years in the making! When the Physicians Committee was founded in 1985, the majority of medical schools were using animals routinely killing dogs to teach students. We tackled this head-on, and the first step toward ending these animal labs was to make them optional. Then one by one we have stopped them. Until a few days ago, there were still four holdout schools. Now we are down to just two!

We just learned that the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and Rush Medical College in Chicago have ended the use of animals for medical training. Thank you for standing with us to get to this point.

Help us bring that number down to zero by sending a letter to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore one of the two remaining medical schools still using live animals to teach future doctors. Urge the vice dean for education Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to end this practice immediately and adopt teaching methods that help, not harm.

At Johns Hopkins University students are asked to perform simple surgical procedures on live animals as part of their surgery rotation. At the end of each session, the animals are killed. And this occurs in spite of the fact that the highly touted Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center already owns the simulation technology required to teach these practices.

Please join us in urging the vice dean for education Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to end this practice immediately.

Your action will reinforce our stepped-up efforts in Baltimore. This month, we are sponsoring advertisements surrounding the Johns Hopkins Medical Center to spotlight its substandard use of animals for medical training. Our physician-led leafleting event was successful in spreading the word about the needed change to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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