Pig Behind Bars

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

Please take a minute to call the dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine (MU), Dr. Patrick Delafontaine, and ask him to immediately end the use of live pigs for training emergency medicine residents. We have provided talking points for you. Please be polite and encouraging. After you call, please send an e-mail to MU officials via the petition form below.

Patrick Delafontaine, M.D.
Dean, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Phone: (573) 884-9080
*You will reach Dr. Delafontaine’s secretary. Please leave a polite message.

Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of live animals for training emergency medicine residents with simulators and other human-relevant methods.
  • Currently, 94 percent of surveyed programs (232 of 246 programs) in the United States and Canada teach emergency medicine residents without using animals.
  • Every other emergency medicine residency program in the state---including Washington University in St. Louis and MU’s Kansas City campus—exclusively use human-based training methods.
  • MU already has a state-of-the-art simulation facility that could provide the resources to replace animal use.

Sign the petition below to MU staff now! Urge them to immediately replace the use of live pigs in their emergency medicine program.


  • Patrick Delafontaine, M.D.
  • Christopher S. Sampson, M.D.


Dear Drs. Delafontaine and Sampson,

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[Your Address]
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