Actor Kevin Nealon and PCRM Protest Hartford Hospital’s Animal Use
PCRM doctors joined Connecticut residents in October for a demonstration to end the unnecessary use of live pigs in Hartford Hospital’s trauma training course.
Protestors carried signs reading “End Deadly Pig Labs,” “Using Pigs to Teach Human Medicine?” and “Hartford Hospital: Animal Cruelty Doesn’t Save Lives.” Doctors also delivered a petition signed by nearly 500 Connecticut residents urging the use of lifelike human patient simulators instead of anesthetized animals. Hartford Hospital already owns the simulator validated for this training and could immediately replace its use of animals.
Connecticut native Kevin Nealon, Saturday Night Live alumnus and star of Weeds, also expressed his concern in a letter to Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks.
“I was appalled and disappointed to hear that Hartford Hospital continues to use live animals for medical training,” wrote Nealon. “The use of live pigs in ATLS training is an outdated and inhumane practice that can easily be replaced with human-based medical simulators specifically designed for this purpose.”
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training at Hartford Hospital involves cutting into live pigs and practicing emergency medical procedures. After the training session, the animals are killed. Although the animals are anesthetized during the procedures, they endure the trauma of confinement, shipping, preparation, manipulation, and death.
Nonanimal education methods are exclusively used by 98 percent of ATLS programs in the United States and all of the 23 Canadian facilities providing ATLS training.
Ask Hartford Hospital to stop killing pigs at PCRM.org/ATLS.