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Cat Delivers Smack-Down To Wolverines

Written by PETA | May 2, 2011

PETA members and students delivered a surprise package to University of Michigan (UM) President Mary Sue Coleman’s office on Friday. When demonstrators tried to walk into Coleman’s office, her staff blocked the door, saying she was not in, but that didn’t stop a PETA “cat” and his friends from delivering 100,000 petition signatures against the school’s archaic and deadly use of cats and pigs in its Survival Flight training course.

UM continues to torture cats and pigs, despite the fact that modern human simulators are more effective and are already in use in other courses at UM to teach the same skills. In the Survival Flight course, cats have hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their delicate windpipes, and pigs have holes cut into their limbs, throats, and chests and have needles stabbed into their bones and hearts before they are killed. In an opinion piece published in the Detroit News, a trauma surgeon recently explained why the use of simulators is superior to tormenting animals.

Thank you to everyone who signed PETA’s petition against these cruel exercises. If you haven’t yet, please help us keep the pressure on UM by sending an e-mail to Mary Sue Coleman demanding that the cruel training exercises stop.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Amanda says:

    I am a registered nurse and I can tell you that although I have never had to work on an animal I cannot imagine that suctioning or placing an airway in a cat/pig would be at all similar. There oral/laryngeal anatomy isn’t similar enough. They have alternative methods to these inhumane practices that are more realistic including living corpses. So before uneducated people like Ralpy and Kriss make stupid statements, research your info.

  • kriss says:

    And just HOW do you expect a medical student to learn without the real thing??? What other ways are there? If you’re so smart do tell. I wouldn’t trust a doctor or nurse that didn’t have REAL training.

  • indycar01 says:

    over 95% of u.s. medical schools no longer offer animal lab (

  • charles says:

    Ralpy, it happens all the time. As a longtime PETA donor, I’m always encouraged to hear PETA has got X company, or even NASA, to drop animal tests. It happens if they push and keep pushing. Help ’em!

  • rosemarie dhanpaul says:


  • jk says:

    Wake up Humans. Killing any sentient being is unacceptable regardless of your excuse. There’s a better way to research, eat, etc.

  • kathy says:

    Why don’t they just stop using cats/pigs already? Are they sadists or something?