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Ask Laval University to End the Use of Piglets in its Pediatrics Residency Program

Please take a minute to ask Laval University Rector Denis Brière, Ph.D., to immediately replace the use of live piglets in his school's pediatrics residency program.

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 live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency training with human-based methods.
  • Your university conducts the only known pediatrics residency training in Canada and the United States using live animals.
  • Simulators like Laerdal's SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's BabySIM, and Simulab's TraumaChild system are widely used for this training and can immediately replace the use of piglets.
  • After careful review, the U.S. Department of Defense ended the use of live animals in pediatrics residency courses as of Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.

English translation of message to Dr. Briere:

Subject: End the use of live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency program

I am writing to ask that you immediately end the use of live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency program. As rector, it is your responsibility to ensure that the university provides the best and most ethical education possible. Medical simulators such as Laerdal's SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's BabySIM, and Simulab's TraumaChild system are widely used for this training. In fact, Laval University has the only remaining Canadian pediatrics residency program using animals. Please ensure that humane, modern training methods replace the use of animals in this program.

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*Please note: The message below is in French because that is the predominant language of this Canadian province.

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