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Ask Johns Hopkins University to End the Use of Live Animals in Medical Student Training

Please take a minute to ask Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels to immediately replace the use of pigs in the medical student surgery clerkship. 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 pigs in the JHU surgery clerkship.
  • Anatomical and physiological differences between pigs and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
  • The use of live pigs in the surgery clerkship is unnecessary due to the availability of nonanimal alternatives.
  • JHU is one of only four medical schools (out of 177) in the United States and Canada to use live animals for training.
  • JHU already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this cruel animal use.

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