Pig Behind Bars

Ask the University of Missouri to Stop Using Live Animals for Emergency Medicine Training

At the University of Missouri School of Medicine (MU) in Columbia, live pigs are used to teach procedures to emergency medicine residents. Trainees are instructed to cut into the animal’s throat, chest, and abdominal cavity to insert needles and tubes, and to spread the ribs in order to access the heart. If the animals survive the invasive procedures, they are killed before the final procedure is performed.

There are better ways to train doctors. Today, 95 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs (255 of 267) in the United States and Canada use only nonanimal training methods.


  • Steven Zweig, M.D., M.S.P.H., Interim Dean, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Christopher Sampson, M.D., Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency


Dear Drs. Zweig and Sampson,

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