PCRM filed a complaint with the Quebec City Director of
Criminal and Penal Proceedings in Canada, explaining that Laval University is
violating the province’s animal cruelty law by using and killing piglets.
Please help this effort by asking the dean of Laval University Faculty of
Medicine, Rénald Bergeron, M.D., to end the use of animals for pediatrics
residency training today.
In the pediatrics residency program at Laval, each resident
is instructed to make an incision between a piglet’s ribs, insert tubes into
the chest cavity, insert a needle into the abdominal cavity, cut open and
insert a needle into the animal’s veins, and insert a needle under the breast
bone and into the sac surrounding the heart. The piglet is then killed and
residents are instructed to make incisions in the animal’s throat, into which a
tube is inserted. Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals
not only cruel but completely unnecessary.
For more than one year, the responsible Laval faculty and
administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail Dr.
Bergeron and urge him to end this cruel
and unnecessary practice.
Laerdal’s infant simulators SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE
Healthcare’s Babysim, and Simulab’s TraumaChild can all be used to teach the
procedures taught in Laval’s pediatrics residency training.
Ninety-eight percent of pediatrics residency programs in the
United States and Canada use only nonanimal methods, including all 16 other
pediatrics programs in Canada. It is time for Laval to join the majority. Please
e-mail Dr. Bergeron today and ask him
to replace the use of animals in Laval’s pediatrics residency program.
You can read our complaint here.