Rabbits and Ferrets No Longer Used at University of Texas
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

[Ed. Note: Visit our section with a large variety of articles on why it's unnecessary to use animals in training courses, cosmetic/product testing and medical experimentation: Alternatives to Animal Testing. Visit our image gallery to see some of the horrors inflicted on Rabbits in laboratories.]

I'm excited to share with you a great victory in our campaign to end the use of animals in pediatrics residency programs!

The chair of the pediatrics department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-SA) has confirmed that the school [as of early April 2011] is no longer using rabbits and ferrets in training courses.

Previously, an incision was made between rabbits' ribs and a plastic tube inserted into their chest cavities. The rabbits were then killed.

Ferrets were likely to experience tracheal bleeding and bruising—and possibly even death—when plastic tubes were shoved down their throats repeatedly.


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