Tell Southern Illinois University (SIU) to End the Use of Pigs in its Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Action Alert from


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
August 2013


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Kevin Dorsey
SIU School of Medicine
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
phone (217) 545-3625, mail code 9620
[email protected]


I am writing to ask that you immediately end the use of pigs in the Southern Illinois University emergency medicine residency program. The use of live animals for this purpose is cruel and outdated. Eighty-five percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States including the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria use human-based methods for this type of training.

Until this year, SIU employed nonanimal methods to teach residents these skills, so there is no justification for the use of live pigs. Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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