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The Physicians Committee


Help our ongoing campaigns to put a stop to
animal experiments.



Animals Used in Military Training

In U.S. military training courses, goats and pigs are shot, stabbed, and dismembered to train medical personnel. Please ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 1243 and S. 498—the BEST Practices Act.

Animals Used in Experiments

After more than 25 years, the experiments at Wayne State have contributed nothing to treatments for patients suffering from heart failure or hypertension

Reform Chemical and Cosmetics Testing

The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, was just introduced in the California State Legislature by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton). The bill would prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state and is sponsored by Physicians Committee and California group Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL).

Include language in the Personal Care Products Safety Act to require companies to use nonanimal testing approaches and ban the sale and import of animal-tested cosmetics.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Paramedic Training

Only two programs in the United States and Canada refuse to use human-relevant medical simulators for Advanced Trauma Life Support training, even as the U.S. military has made the switch.

UW is the only paramedic program in the northwest region of the United States known to use animals to teach emergency procedures instead of implementing modern training methods.

Baystate Medical Center continues to use live animals for ATLS courses while 99 percent of all other programs have modernized their methods.

North Dakota State University is one of only two ATLS programs in the United States and Canada to use animals instead of simulators.

Emergency Medicine Residency Programs

At Baylor, emergency medicine residents are instructed to cut into live pigs to practice procedures. Please sign our petition urging the college to modernize its training methods by switching to medical simulation.

MU uses live pigs to teach residents despite the fact that more than 90 percent of surveyed emergency medicine programs use only human-based training methods.

Please take a minute to ask university officials to replace the use of live animals with human-based training methods in the New Hampshire hospital's emergency medicine residency program.

The hospital uses up to 200 live rabbits and sheep each year to teach emergency medicine residents procedural skills.

Ask the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences to replace the use of pigs in the school's Emergency Skills Laboratory with validated human-relevant training methods.

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine uses live pigs and goats to train residents when more than 90 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residencies implement nonanimal methods.