All Creatures recently posted an action alert about the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). Here are the details:
This Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a complaint with the USDA because the UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. For more info, here’s PCRM’s complaint to the USDA: Use of Live Pigs for Paramedic Training at the University of Washington.
Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing the president of the university. Be polite and encouraging.
In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.
I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW’s paramedic training program.
- UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.
- UW’s paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use non-animal methods such as human-based medical simulation.
Michael Young, President
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
phone (206) 543-5010
You can also sign the online petition.