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The Physicians Committee

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Please take a minute to ask University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine dean James E. Keeton, M.D., and University of Mississippi chancellor Daniel W. Jones, M.D., to stop the use of live pigs in the school's medical student physiology lab.

Medical training at UMC involves cutting into live, anesthetized pigs and performing cardiovascular medical procedures. Students place catheters in the arteries and veins of the pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students then open the pigs’ chest cavities and manipulate the hearts. After the training session, the animals are killed.

Human patient models and other high-tech nonanimal methods are used by 98 percent of U.S. and Canadian medical schools, including Emory University, Vanderbilt University, and Duke University. UMC 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 without incurring additional costs.

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