After receiving over 20,000 emails, the University of Michigan’s Graduate Medical Education Committee decided to make the compassionate choice. No dogs or other animals will be killed in the school’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, according to a university statement.
A handful of institutions continue to use live animals even though the American College of Surgeons, the ATLS oversight body, has approved non-animal models like the TraumaMan System, Synman, and human cadavers for these courses. Across the United States and Canada, the vast majority of ATLS courses–more than 90 percent–are taught using only human-based simulators. That makes sense. Afterall, these medical professionals are supposed to be learning how to provide humans with life support, not dogs.
This successful email campaign was spearheaded by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group of professionals who organize against animal testing and advocate a low-fat, plant-based diet as a way of preventing a big chunk of medical issues. Founded in 1985, PCRM is a non-profit with programs that combine the efforts of medical experts and grassroots individuals.
With this victory under their belt, PCRM is now eying the University Hospital in Newark, part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). That school continues to use live pigs for their course, despite the availability of humane, non-animal alternatives. The hospital’s next ATLS course is scheduled for March 13. PCRM is now calling on compassionate people to email, call, or write to UMDNJ president William Owen Jr., M.D., and politely ask him to end animal use in University Hospital’s ATLS course. Here is his contact info:
William Owen Jr., M.D.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen St., Room 1535
Newark, NJ 07107-3007
Every day we are getting closer to a world without animal testing, but it will still take many more campaigns like this one, as well as petitions, protests, direct action, lifestyle changes, and legislative changes to completely end animal testing.
Thanks, JulieAnn, for bringing this to my attention.
photo cred: copyright Simulab Corporation 2009