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Ask the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to End its Deadly Pig Lab in Chattanooga

Please take a minute to let University of Tennessee Health Science Center chancellor Steve Schwab, M.D., and University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga dean David Seaberg, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.C.E.P., know that you want them to end the school's deadly pig lab. 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:

  1. Please end the use of pigs to train medical students on the UTCOM Chattanooga campus.
  2. The use of live pigs in the surgery clerkship is unnecessary due to the availability of nonanimal alternatives.
  3. Neither the UTCOM campus in Memphis nor Knoxville uses animals for medical student surgery training.
  4. UTCOM Chattanooga is one of only two medical schools (out of 188) in the United States and Canada to use live animals for training.
  5. The school already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this cruel animal use.

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