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Supporters and members are instrumental in the Physicians Committee’s successful efforts to promote the health benefits of a plant-based diet and replace animal use in research, testing, and education.

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Medical Education and Training

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Currently, 99% of surveyed ATLS programs in the United States and Canada use only human-relevant training methods. Urge this program to end animal use by making the switch to simulation:

North Dakota State University/Sanford Health

Emergency Medicine

Today, 98% of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States and Canada use only human-relevant training methods. Urge these programs to end animal use by making the switch to simulation:

Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

University of Missouri Columbia

Surgery

The Physicians Committee began collecting data about the methods used to train surgery residents in December 2018. Currently, 77% of surveyed general surgery residency programs in the United States use only human-relevant training methods. Urge these programs to end animal use by making the switch to simulation:

Northwestern University

​University of Arizona College of Medicine  Tucson

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Wake Forest University

Medical Experiments

Tell Congress: Cephalopods Need Federal Research Protections
Cephalopods are marine invertebrates including squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. Shockingly, they aren’t even considered “animals” under U.S. research policy, and researchers can experiment on them with no accountability for the pain or distress they cause. Tell Congress to urge federal research agencies to enact policies to protect cephalopod welfare.

Stop Cosmetics Tests on Animals!
Congress is on the verge of erasing hard fought protections for animals and putting countless animals in jeopardy in the process.

Tell Congress: End Animal Testing for New Drugs!
Every 5 years, Congress passes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which heavily influences how pharmaceuticals are developed. For decades, the Food and Drug Administration has required that new drugs be tested on dogs, monkeys, mice, and other animals—millions of animals each year! But those tests fail to predict how safe or effective drugs will be in humans.

Tell Elon Musk and Neuralink to Stop Harming Animals!
In August 2020, entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed that his Neuralink employees have implanted computer chips in pigs' brains. This San Francisco-based company has a long history of using animals—including monkeys, mice, and sheep—to conduct experiments that are supposedly aimed at allowing the brain to communicate directly with computers and machines. Please send an email to Musk and the other leaders of Neuralink and urge them to stop using animals and instead focus on human-relevant research methods!

Wayne State University: Stop Heart Failure Experiments on Dogs
After more than 25 years, the experiments on dogs at Wayne State University have contributed nothing to treatments for patients suffering from heart failure or hypertension.

Good Nutrition Policy

USA:  Pilot Grant Program for Plant-Based Meals
The Healthy Future Students and Earth Pilot Program Act (H.R. 4108) would provide much-needed resources to local school districts to expand healthful plant-based meal options. At a time when children are at a greater risk than ever before for diabetes, high cholesterol, and other diet-related diseases that can worsen COVID-19, these options are needed now more than ever.

New York: Plant-Based Option in NY Public Schools
Legislation in New York State (A. 301 / S.1726) will provide plant-based options upon request to students in New York public schools. Ensuring access to plant-based meals at schools is a win for students’ personal health and a win for New York.

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