Written by Jeff Mackey
Less than two weeks after receiving appeals from PETA and
PETA Germany, RWTH Aachen University, a top German college, has announced that
it will no longer perform invasive and deadly training exercises on live pigs
in its advanced surgical course, effective immediately!
Earlier this month, PETA and PETA Germany sent university
officials and the German state veterinary authority a detailed dossier outlining
humane and superior
surgical training methods that—unlike the cruel procedures then used by RWTH
Aachen—wouldn't risk violating German laws requiring the use of non-animal
teaching methods when available.
The outreach to RWTH Aachen followed PETA Germany's
discovery that as part of the "Advanced Skill Course" at the school's
surgical clinic, students were cutting open pigs' chests, inserting tubes, and
surgically removing their organs before finally killing the animals.
While RWTH Aachen and the University of Ulm
in Germany have both recently scrapped the crude and archaic use of pigs in labs
in favor of training surgeons on modern and sophisticated 21st century
technology, some U.S. facilities—including
the University of Michigan—continue
to cut holes into pigs' limbs, throats, and chests and stab needles into their
bones and hearts for trauma training exercises even though superior simulation
Please tell officials at the University of Michigan to cut
out cruel trauma training on pigs and start using humane, contemporary methods
of instruction instead.
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