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Ask Illinois Central College to Drop Deadly Experiments

In cruel classroom anatomy and physiology experiments at Illinois Central College (ICC), rats are killed and have their lungs and intestines cut out. In other barbaric experiments, live frogs are placed in restraint jackets and pinned to corkboards. Students have reported to PETA that when the frogs struggle to free themselves, the pins tear the frogs’ flesh and cause bleeding. Later, these same frogs are dissected alive, and students inject them with drugs in order to observe how the drugs change the animals’ heart rates. The frogs are then killed.

Fortunately, interactive computer simulations, safe and non-invasive human-based experiments, and other effective non-animal teaching methods are available to replace the cruel experiments at ICC. In fact, Illinois State University and Oakton Community College have confirmed that they do not use any live animals in their human anatomy and physiology courses.

Please take a moment of your time to contact ICC President John Erwin at jerwin@icc.edu and the ICC Board of Trustees at trustees@icc.edu directly. Politely ask them to replace the school’s cruel and deadly experiments on rats and frogs with humane, non-animal teaching methods.

Please create your own subject line when you send your e-mail, as this helps to ensure that your message will be received and read by the recipient. Also, the following are some points you may wish to include in your e-mail to the president and the board of trustees:

•    In nearly every comparative study published, students using non-animal methods such as interactive computer simulations tested as well as, and in most cases better than, their peers who were taught using animal laboratories.
•    Non-animal methods save schools and teachers time and money because they can be used repeatedly year after year and require substantially less set-up time.
•    Ninety-five percent of U.S. medical schools no longer use any animal laboratories to teach students, so there is no reason why undergraduates need to cut up and kill animals.
•    Illinois State University and Oakton Community College have confirmed that they do not use any live animals in their human anatomy and physiology courses.

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