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, 94 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs (247 of 264) in the United States and Canada use only nonanimal training methods.

Please take a minute to end this animal use.

Recipients:

  • Patrick Delafontaine, M.D., Dean, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Christopher Sampson, M.D., Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency

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Dear Drs. Delafontaine and Sampson,

Sincerely,
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