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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Help End Live Pig Lab at University of Rochester

From PCRM :

Can you help us end live pig labs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine? Twenty years ago, live animals such as goats, pigs, and dogs were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard lab involved anesthetizing the animal, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the animal was killed.

Today, as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle just revealed, the University of Rochester School of Medicine is one of a handful of medical schools that still use animals in these cruel and unnecessary exercises. Read the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article on the University of Rochesterís live pig lab.

Fortunately, most schools have eliminated live animal labs from their curriculum altogether. Innovations in medical simulation technology, availability of alternatives, increased awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgement that medical training must be human-focused have all facilitated this shift.

Please e-mail or send a letter to the dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and urge him to immediately end the use of live pigs in the surgery course.

University of Rochester School of Medicine
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., Dean
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 706
Rochester, NY 14642
T: 585-275-0017
[email protected] 

Please also consider sending a letter to the editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

(From their website:) (585) 258-2250 or [email protected]  Letters that are concise, timely and appeal to our broad readership are most likely to be published. Mail letters to Letters to the Editor, Democrat and Chronicle, 55 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, NY 14614-2001.

Learn more about live animal labs and what you can do to help end them. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] . Thank you so much for your compassion and concern.

Best regards,

Allison George
Research Program Coordinator
[email protected] 

See: University of Rochester criticized for training doctors on live pigs

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