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March 28, 2013
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Please ask Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks to replace this use of pigs with medical simulation

Background | Source PCRM

I am very excited to be able to share with you that Kiki, Alley, and Fiddle, the last three cats used in the University of Virginia’s (UVA) pediatrics residency program to teach endotracheal intubation, have been adopted out after eight years of abuse. PCRM learned of the change when we received documents via a state public records request.

This change is the result of PCRM’s campaign that began in September 2010 and the support of our members – including retired pediatrician Roberta Grey, M.D., who started a petition that received more than 185,000 signatures from people asking UVA to stop this practice. PCRM filed federal and state complaints against UVA’s animal use and held a demonstration outside the president’s office, and more than 200,000 supporters e-mailed UVA’s administrators encouraging the university to take this progressive step.

In this training, pediatrics residents and other trainees repeatedly forced breathing tubes down the throats of Kiki, Alley, Fiddle, and other cats. This practice can cause tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and permanent injury.

UVA now joins the 98 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada that view nonanimal methods as not only more humane but educationally superior.

Unfortunately, live pigs are being killed in Advanced Trauma Life Support training at Hartford Hospital. Please ask Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks to replace this use of pigs with medical simulation.

Thank you again for all of your support. Without it PCRM would not be able to secure victories like this for animals still used in medical education and for the future infant patients of today’s pediatrics residents.

Piggies being piggies, not bacon
nor fodder for labs.
we want to live life as
not on plates or cold

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2013 9:25 pm

    Awesome work Stacey and everyone!! Sharing~Dom


    • March 29, 2013 5:36 pm

      Thank YOU, Dom, thank you for sharing and for all your hard work.


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 29, 2013 4:28 am

    Piggies being piggies, not bacon
    nor fodder for labs.
    we want to live life as
    not on plates or cold


  3. March 29, 2013 2:24 pm

    Fantastic poem Karen !
    Petition signed and shared in several places thanks so very much Stacey i hate vivisection


  4. March 29, 2013 2:25 pm

    have a happy Easter everyone!!! xoxoxo



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