Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has ended live animal use!
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FROM Physicians Committee
April 2019

In a statement to media, Baylor confirmed that it is no longer using live pigs to train emergency medicine residents. This is the third emergency medicine residency program since the beginning of the year—and the 10th since the beginning of 2018—that the Physicians Committee has convinced to exclusively use human-relevant training methods.

I have some exciting news to share with you today. The Physicians Committee has learned that Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has ended live animal use!

Last August, we confirmed from a member of Baylor’s Department of Emergency Medicine that live pigs were being used to train emergency medicine residents. With this discovery, I began contacting program officials in order to present evidence supporting nonanimal training methods and urge them to review the existing curriculum. Unfortunately, the college would not engage in dialogue with us, so we launched a public campaign by filing a federal complaint in October.

To help build momentum, more than 19,000 petition signatures from Physicians Committee supporters were sent to the college. And on March 21, we held a physician-led demonstration and posted billboards calling out Baylor for its continued use of live animals. Thank you to our members who were able to join us for this event.

Our persistence paid off! In a statement to media, Baylor confirmed that it is no longer using live pigs to train emergency medicine residents. This is the third emergency medicine residency program since the beginning of the year—and the 10th since the beginning of 2018—that the Physicians Committee has convinced to exclusively use human-relevant training methods. The college now joins the 95 percent (255 of 267) of surveyed emergency medicine residencies in the United States and Canada that do not use live animals for training.


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