We need your voice on an urgent matter. Yesterday, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Medicine is in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act for using live pigs in its curriculum. Please help this effort by asking UMMC to end this animal use today.
UMMC uses live pigs in its medical student physiology lab, which is scheduled to occur seven times this month and will result in the death of more than 30 pigs. In these laboratory sessions, students will place catheters in the arteries and veins of the pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students will then open the pigs’ chest cavities and massage the hearts. Afterward, the animals will be killed.
So far, the responsible UMMC faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this method. Please help us by calling or e-mailing UMMC School of Medicine dean Dr. James Keeton today and urging him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice. Send an e-mail.
James E. Keeton, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39216
It is time for UMMC to make the change. UMMC is one of only seven medical schools in the United States and Canada still using live animals for training. Furthermore, UMMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could easily provide nonanimal training methods for its physiology lab.
Please call or e-mail Dr. Keeton today and ask him again to join the 95 percent of medical schools that use human-based training methods.