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Ask the University of Washington to End the Use of Pigs for Paramedic Training

April 16, 2014
Wikimedia Commons, Penn State's "research" pigs

Wikimedia Commons, Penn State’s “research” pigs

OC Comment on Animal Welfare laws, as taken from my essay Murder for Dinner: Let us extend a moment of appreciation to all those who spend five minutes on Google and triumphantly expose the measures written by humans to satisfy the moral question of cruelty: animal welfare laws. That is so utterly radical, laws written to regulate the industries, that kill animals, by the industries, that kill animals. In my dictionary, that is regarded as a conflict of interest, a socially moralizing appeasement meant to benefit the one species that inflicts cruelty upon the ones for whom the laws are “intended”. Let us not waste one moment debating the hypocritical, conceited notion of establishing “welfare” protocols for animals relentlessly tortured and savagely killed. Socially acceptable murder using verbal justifications eliminates guilt and serves to extinguish any potential disquiet for human animals but DOES NOT protect non-human animals from harm. Human animals are the only benefactors of such enactments, those who enjoy ethical solidarity with those whom kill.

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We need your help to stop the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, explaining that UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing UW President Michael Young, today.

In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

Here is Mr. Young’s telephone number and some talking points to use when you call his office. Please be polite and encouraging.

Michael Young, President
University of Washington
Phone: 206-543-5010

Talking points:

  • I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW’s paramedic training program.
  • UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.

UW’s paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use nonanimal methods such as human-based medical simulation. After you call, please e-mail Mr. Young and ask him to replace the use of animals in UW’s paramedic training program.

You can read our complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture here.

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to you humans who
considers us
a slice of bacon,
or a paramedical
lab toy,
what a mistake you
are making.
we have feelings,
of pain and love,
we are not here to
be exploited for any
of the above.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:00 am

    to you humans who
    considers us
    a slice of bacon,
    or a paramedical
    lab toy,
    what a mistake you
    are making.
    we have feelings,
    of pain and love,
    we are not here to
    be exploited for any
    of the above.


    • April 16, 2014 10:18 am

      Have I mentioned lately how much I adore and appreciate you and your wonderful talent? Thank you so much, yet again, for another masterpiece. You are the best, my dear! Perfect!


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        April 16, 2014 1:40 pm

        you are so very welcome. and thank you for your kind words and encouragement ☺♥☻


  2. April 16, 2014 11:45 am

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  3. April 16, 2014 1:40 pm

    Email sent.


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