Let's Stop the Killing of Innocent Pigs
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Physicians Committee
March 2016


In Fargo, animals are being killed in a trauma training course conducted by North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Sanford Health. In the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, live pigs are used to teach surgical skills. Yet, 99 percent of ATLS programs in the United States and Canada have determined that nonanimal methods offer superior training.

Please join our effort by telling NDSU and Sanford Health to stop killing animals IMMEDIATELY.

Sign an online petition here.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D.
Office of the President
North Dakota State University
Phone (701) 231-7211
Mailing address: Dept 1000, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Paul Richard
Sanford Medical Center Fargo
General phone (701) 234-2000


In the NDSU-Sanford Health course, participants are instructed to make an incision between a pigís ribs to insert a tube into the animalís chest cavity and to insert a needle into the abdomen to drain fluid from the sac surrounding the heart. Other procedures are performed, and then the animal is killed. At this point, participants make an incision in the animalís throat to insert a breathing tube.

The Physicians Committee recently sponsored a billboard and other local advertisements to bring attention to this cruel and unnecessary animal use. In addition, I sent formal letters to the top decision-makers at NDSU and Sanford Health, urging them to end this ethically and educationally inferior practice. Weíll continue to put pressure on these facilities until they modernize their methods.

Currently, of the 276 accredited ATLS courses in the United States and Canada, only NDSU-Sanford Health and one other program use live animals. The remaining programs use human-relevant methods such as the TraumaMan System, endorsed for use in ATLS training by the American College of Surgeons. In addition, in 2015 the U.S. military ended the use of animals for ATLS training in favor of modern medical simulation. In light of these facts, it could not be clearer that the prevailing standard for ATLS training does not involve killing animals.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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