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Germany, great job. Pitt, not so much. Please protest use of pigs!

October 7, 2010

From PCRM


Immediate, please sign:

Ask the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to End the Use of Pigs in ATLS Courses

Please take a minute to let University of Pittsburgh Medical Center executive vice president and chief medical officer Marshall Webster, M.D., know that you want him to stop the use of live pigs in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. 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 replace the use of animals in UPMC’s ATLS courses.
  2. Human-based training methods have been approved to teach these procedures by the American College of Surgeons.
  3. Ninety-five percent of ATLS courses in the United States use TraumaMan or other human-based methods.
  4. Of the 12 ATLS courses in Pennsylvania, UPMC’s is the only one that still uses live animals.

Click the “Send Your Message” button and your e-mail will automatically be sent to Dr. Webster. [Zip code is optional for non U.S. members]

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PETA Germany Protests Stone-Age Trauma Training

Written by Alisa Mullins

US friends, please Ask Congress to End the Military’s War on Animals

Update: Government officials in Oberpfalz have denied on ethical grounds the U.S. Army’s second application for a permit to conduct trauma training exercises. Previously, an Army contractor withdrew its application for trauma training after facing intense public opposition, and last month an application from Deployment Medicine International, another Army trauma training contractor, was denied by officials in the German state of Thüringen. Animals 4, Army 0.

Joined by a prehistoric pal (who apparently speaks English), members of PETA Germany gathered outside a U.S. Army facility in Heidelberg to protest the Army’s proposed plans to torment and kill animals in cruel and archaic trauma training exercises in Oberpfalz, Bavaria.

This marks the third time since May that the U.S. Army and private contractors have applied for permits to cut up and kill animals for trauma training in Germany. The first application was withdrawn because of overwhelming public opposition to the project. A subsequent application was denied because officials determined that the animal laboratories would violate Germany’s animal protection law, which requires the use of non-animal methods when they are available—and there are PLENTY available! The German Armed Forces has written to PETA, stating, “[T]he armed forces do no animal tests for training purposes. For training exercises the soldiers learn with really good models and the doctors don’t need animal experiments.”

You can help make sure that US legislation that has been introduced to gradually replace the horrific use of animals in military training with modern, sophisticated non-animal methods, such as high-tech human patient simulators gets passed into law by writing to your Congressional representative. Politely point out that such exercises—in which pigs and goats are stabbed, mutilated, and killed—are incredibly cruel, inferior to modern alternatives, and should be replaced with medical training methods that save animals and better prepare soldiers to treat casualties on the battlefield..

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to the u.s. senate, house and more
time to stop the animal trauma war
u of pitts, time to put away
your knife
leave pigs alone to enjoy
their cute piggy lives
time to reattach the word
kind to the word man
time for mankind to be
the BEST that they can!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 7, 2010 11:54 am

    to the u.s. senate, house and more
    time to stop the animal trauma war
    u of pitts, time to put away
    your knife
    leave pigs alone to enjoy
    their cute piggy lives
    time to reattach the word
    kind to the word man
    time for mankind to be
    the BEST that they can!!!!

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  2. Caroline permalink
    October 7, 2010 12:30 pm

    I hope we can stop this madness! These poor sentient beings that man thinks they can just wipe their ugly behinds with are just so much more- in fact equal to us! Always on the side of the animals!!!!

    Like

  3. October 7, 2010 8:55 pm

    The horror of using animals in trauma experiments can never be justyfied. Ther are plenty of other ways to conduct trauma reserch without using animals. This appalling disreguard for animals feelings and the tendency to think of animals as just things that have no right to life is not ecceptable . Animals commit no crime yet they are not seen as inocent living beings who harm no no one while the worst kind of murderers are treated with respect and even looked up to. The worst kind of human being has all the rights of a king or queen maby more while animals who harm no one have no rights at all.

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