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


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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.


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