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Tell Rhode Island Legislators: Save Animals from Medical Training

A new bill in the Rhode Island General Assembly would end the use of live animals for medical training in the state.

H 7211, introduced by Rep. Joseph Solomon, would modernize medical training and save animals. The legislation seeks to prohibit the use of live animals for the training of students, residents, or physicians if at least one other program in the state uses nonanimal methods, or if an alternative option exists.

In 2016, all medical schools in the United States and Canada ended the use of live animals for student training. And in 2018, all pediatrics residency programs did the same. Today, 96 percent of emergency medicine residency programs (260 of 270) in the United States and Canada use only human-relevant training methods, such as medical simulators, human cadavers, and partial task trainers.

H 7211 will ensure only human-relevant models are used to train Rhode Island’s doctors.

Please urge your legislators to vote YES on H 7211 – because Rhode Island deserves better!

Media Contact:
Reina Pohl, MPH
Communications Specialist
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
202-527-7326
rpohl@pcrm.org

Campaign Contact:
Christine Kauffman
Manager of Medical Education Programs
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
ckauffman@pcrm.org

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