Dear PCRM supporter,
We need your help to stop the abuse of ferrets by East
Carolina University. PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, explaining that the school is violating the federal Animal Welfare
Act by using live ferrets in its pediatrics residency program. Please help this
effort by asking the school to end the use of animals today.
In the pediatrics residency program at East Carolina University
(ECU) breathing tubes are pushed down the throats of live ferrets to teach endotracheal
intubation. This painful procedure is repeated numerous times on each animal
and is known to pose risks for tracheal bleeding, bruising, and severe trauma.
Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but
According to documents obtained by PCRM, all of the ferrets used in this training lab are killed when they are deemed no longer useful.
What's more, ECU purchases ferrets from Marshall BioResources of North
Rose, N.Y., which breeds animals for use in experimentation. Since Oct. 8,
2008, this breeding facility has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 16 violations of the federal
Animal Welfare Act, including violations for unsanitary conditions in buildings
that house ferrets.
So far, the responsible ECU faculty and administrators have
ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail ECU Brody School of
Medicine dean Paul R.G. Cunningham, M.D., F.A.C.S., and urge him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice. Send
an automatic e-mail.
Gaumard’s Premie HAL and PREMIE Blue simulators, designed to
mimic the airway of a premature newborn; Laerdal’s SimNewB, which was developed
in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics; and METI’s BabySim can
all be used for this type of training.
Ninety-five percent of pediatrics residency programs in the
United States and Canada do not use animals. It is time for ECU to join the
majority. Please e-mail Dr. Cunningham
today and ask him to replace the use of animals in ECU’s pediatrics residency
You can read our complaint to the USDA here.
Thank you for your help.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs