Pig Behind Bars

Tell the University of Missouri to Stop Using Pigs for Emergency Medicine Training

Please take a minute to ask the University of Missouri (Mizzou) School of Medicine dean, Patrick Delafontaine, M.D., and Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Christopher S. Sampson, M.D., to replace the use of live animals in the school's emergency medicine residency program with human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of pigs in Mizzou’s emergency medicine residency program with human-based methods.
  • Today, 91 percent (194 of 211) of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • Top-ranked emergency medicine residencies across the country exclusively use nonanimal training methods.
  • Mizzou already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that, if fully utilized, could replace the use of animals immediately.


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


Dear Drs. Delafontaine and Sampson,

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