"Babe" Star Asks University of Mississippi to End Live Animal Labs
“You wouldn’t jeopardize patients by asking students to study 40-year-old medical textbooks,” actor James Cromwell recently wrote to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Yet future doctors are being trained with a relic of the past: operating on live pigs.
According to public records obtained by the Physicians Committee, the physiology course involves cutting into live pigs and performing cardiovascular physiology procedures. Many animals die during the procedures, and those who survive are killed. UMMC could easily scrap the animal labs. The university currently operates the Medical Advanced Skill and Simulation Education Center. If the center were fully utilized, the university could immediately replace its use of animals.
“By using live pigs in physiology training, the University of Mississippi lags behind 98 percent of other U.S. medical schools that use human-relevant training methods,” says John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee. “Of the 32 U.S. medical schools opened since 1979, not one has used animals for medical student education.”
Ask UMMC to end its cruel animal labs and transition to simulators at PCRM.org/UMMC.