PCRM Action Alert

Dear PCRM supporter,

We need your help stopping the abuse of animals by the University of Washington. This week, 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 University of Washington to end the use of animals for pediatrics residency training today.

In the pediatrics residency program at the University of Washington (UW) 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 can cause tracheal bruising and bleeding. Nonanimal training methods exist,making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary.

So far, the responsible UW faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail UW School of Medicine dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D. and urge him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice. Send an automatic e-mail.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
E-mail: pramsey@u.washington.edu
Phone: 206-543-7718

Laerdal’s SimNewB, which was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, simulates newborn babies, and the Gaumard PREMIE Blue simulator is designed to mimic the air way of a premature newborn. UW’s state-of-the-art Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies owns SimNewB. Both of these simulators are appropriate alternatives to using live ferrets for endotracheal intubation training.

More than 85 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States do not use animals. It is time for UW to join the majority. Please e-mail Dr. Ramsey toay and ask him to replace the use of animals in its pediatrics residency program.

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

Thank you for all of your help.

John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Senior Medical and Research Adviser

P.S. Please forward this e-mail to your family and friends and ask them to take action!

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