Ads Challenge Canadian University's Use of Piglets
PCRM placed ads on Laval University’s campus in Quebec City, Canada, calling out the school for its use of piglets in its pediatrics training program. Hyper-realistic infant simulators can easily replace the use of animals—and these human-based methods provide more accurate training.
At Laval, future pediatricians cut open piglets’ chests, insert tubes into their chest cavities, cut open their veins, and insert a needle into the sac surrounding the animals’ hearts. The piglets are then killed.
PCRM has also filed an official cruelty complaint with the Quebec Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions and sent letters to the residency program director, the pediatrics department chair, and the school’s rector (equivalent to the president of the university).
Laval University’s program is the only Canadian pediatrics program -and one of only three in all of the United States and Canada - still using animals.