Every year, thousands of healthy dogs, cats, pigs, goats and other animals are intentionally injured or cut open and then killed by American and Canadian medical and veterinary schools to train doctors, vets and soldiers. After the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine and John Hopkins University recently announced that it has stopped using live animals in medical training, America and Canada is officially free of cruel animal-centred medical training practices.
A few decades ago at many medical schools, students who refused to participate in animal-based medical training were penalized and even expelled. At the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, students could be court-martialed for refusing to take part in the animal labs.
The Physicians committee for Responsible Medicine has spent decades of campaigning to end the live torture of animals. Neal Barnard, president of PCRM, writes, “In 1985, when I founded the Physicians Committee, most medical schools required students who were eager to learn how to treat and heal to instead kill their first patient.” Luckily thanks to the PCRM, medical schools in North America have ended these unethical animal-mutilation practices.
Unfortunately, every year in the US department of defense has shot, dismembered and burned animals in their trauma training courses even though lifelike simulators and other non-animal training courses. Urge the US department of defense to abandon these barbaric methods and switch to simulators. Find out how here.