Physicians Committee Exposes Johns Hopkins’ Animal Experiments
Johns Hopkins University is said to have one of the best medical programs in the country, but it is falling behind nearly every other school in one crucial respect. This May, the Physicians Committee gave graduates and their families at the university’s commencement ceremonies a call to action: Urge Johns Hopkins to stop using live pigs to train future doctors.
Physicians Committee staff and volunteers traveled to Baltimore to join local advocates to hand out thousands of leaflets describing the school’s stubborn devotion to this cruel and substandard education method. Johns Hopkins, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, and the University of Mississippi are the only schools still using animals in medical school curricula. All other medical school programs now use other methods, such as high-tech simulators that accurately replicate human anatomy and give students better opportunities to practice their skills.
Medical students at Johns Hopkins are instructed to make incisions in a pig’s abdomen and insert long tubes with cameras called endoscopes into the pig’s body. This causes severe injuries, and the pigs are killed after the procedure.
The Physicians Committee also placed an advertisement exposing the school’s regressive stance on animal use in the Baltimore City Paper during commencement week. The leaflets and ad urge readers to contact the medical school’s vice dean for education, Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to ask him to switch to simulation.
Urge Johns Hopkins to stop using and killing pigs. Send a letter to Dr. Ziegelstein at BaltimoreDeservesBetter.org >