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December 17, 2010


Another week, another victory for animals. Two weeks ago, we asked you to contact the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and urge its dean to end the school’s deadly use of pigs in a trauma training program before the Dec. 7 course. PCRM has learned that not only did the dean commit to permanently ending this animal use, but he also made the switch prior to the course that was held last week!

There is no doubt that this victory is due to your swift action.Within just a few days, more than 10,000 of you contacted the dean’s office.

UMMS has joined the overwhelming majority of institutions that use only nonanimal methods for Advanced Trauma Life Support(ATLS) courses, which are designed to train physicians to treat acute trauma injuries. PCRM’s survey of ATLS courses shows that out of the 227 surveyed ATLS courses in the United States and Canada, only 10 continue to use animals.

While UMMS has made the compassionate and responsible choice, another institution in Massachusetts refuses to switch to nonanimal training methods. Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) has ignored our pleas to end its use of sheep in ATLS courses. Please call or e-mail MGH President Peter Slavin, M.D., today and urge him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice.

Peter Slavin, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-724-9300

With your help, we will permanently end animal use in ATLS courses and save these animals from needless pain and suffering.

You may use the letter provided in the form above, write your own, use the sample below, or send a modified version; the below is the same used for UMMS.


Dear Dr. Slavin,

I am disturbed after discovering that live sheep are subjected to mutilating experiments and killed in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses, a practice that inflicts immense suffering upon them.  Sheep are marvelously intelligent and sentient beings, capable of thought, love, pain, and fear, and to expose them to this archaic method of training is alarming.   In a recently conducted survey, it has been determined that in greater than 95% of similar programs, including at UMMS, the TraumaMan System has been utilized (PCRM).  The TraumaMan System has been proven a superior model to the live sheep “model”, and I fear any student not trained on the most advanced method will have a diminished learning experience. This should be concerning to any potential patient.

Additionally, since sheep cannot be substituted for human beings, subjecting them to this exploitive process reflects a blatant disregard for life; how can we teach our future medical professionals ethics while enforcing a course that maims and kills live, sentient beings?  This represents a conflict of interest as well as a contradiction in both morals and actions: if non-human animals are deemed similar enough to humans physiologically, then you must acknowledge that, as sentient beings, they should not be exploited and killed either.  Any other conclusion would be considered a discord and would serve as a detriment to the learning process, especially in such a critical field of study.

It would be regrettable not being able to recommend your fine institution; however, because I value the most sophisticated and innovative learning techniques, it would be remiss of me to consider Massachusetts General Hospital based on your reliance of such an obsolete method of study. As such, I respectfully ask that you please accept the superior method of study, the TraumaMan System, for your university and students, and make yours an institution of credibility and honor.

I know that your time is limited, and I want to thank you for your attention and consideration.


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in the name of saving lives
sheep are killed
this hypocrisy leaves
one’s blood completely
all lives are valuable
superior, man is NOT
other schools have learned this
but yours, does not do squat
wake up and smell the 21st century
the age of putting humane back
in humanity

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:21 pm

    in the name of saving lives
    sheep are killed
    this hypocrisy leaves
    one’s blood completely
    all lives are valuable
    superior, man is NOT
    other schools have learned this
    but yours, does not do squat
    wake up and smell the 21st century
    the age of putting humane back
    in humanity


  2. LoVegan permalink
    December 19, 2010 6:33 am

    It took us few seconds to protest, and we made it! Yes, let’s do it again! I want to read “Another week, another victory for animals” every day, many times a day! Every life saved is a victory, let’d do it again! Letter sent, thank you xox


  3. maria eugenia gonzalez permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:34 pm

    You just made my day ❤


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