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Lily Tomlin Urges UM to Spare Cats, Pigs

Written by PETA | March 8, 2011

Lily Tomlin is always looking for signs of intelligent life, but she hasn’t yet found it in the University of Michigan‘s (UM) survival flight course. The Detroit native recently wrote to UM to ask its officials to stop allowing cats and pigs to be abused in cruel and deadly flight training exercises and to replace the animals with advanced human patient simulators instead. Human patient simulators are used across the country to train flight nurses, and UM already uses simulators to teach the same skills in other courses.

In a letter to UM President Mary Sue Coleman, Tomlin writes, “Having trainees jam hard tubes down cats‘ throats, cut holes into pigs‘ throats and chests, and stab needles into the animals’ bones and the tissue surrounding their hearts is simply unjustifiable when modern and superior alternatives are available.”

Are you listening, UM? Don’t make Lily go all Ernestine on you.

Wonder why Lily is so upset? The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently obtained this video of a deadly pig lab at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, one of the schools they are urging to modernize its curriculum and replace animal use.

Coleman also received a surprise visit recently from PETA members wearing cat and pig costumes to protest an awards ceremony at which she was being recognized. The animals don’t get a break, so why should UM?

Join PETA, Lily Tomlin, Iggy PopUM’s student government, and others in urging UM to stop killing cats and pigs in crude and cruel training laboratories.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • JANET says:

    Stop sciene from using animals. We are in the 20th century and there are other alternatives intead of animals. They bleed like us and no one has the right to abuse and defame from their rights.

  • PETA says:

    Our motto – animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment – translates into a belief that it is wrong to experiment on animals for the same reason that it is wrong to experiment on the poor, the mentally disabled, or the institutionalized. That they are smaller, weaker, or less able to communicate in ways that we can understand does not give us the right to barter their lives away. It is not necessary or ethical for nonconsenting people or animals to be tortured and killed for “the common good.”

  • Karen Lamb says:

    Use human tissues, like the medical trainee’s children, parents, spouses, etc. What universal right do any of you murders and torturers have to invasively disregard the lives of each of these living beings, to practice to save the lives of human-beings; whoms accidents are usually the result of human creations and inventions; example: why does the law allow vehicle makers to create and provide basic citizen owned vehicles,cars, boats, snow mobils, motor cycles, etc perform at high, fast speeds? What did the animals do to contribute to this idiocy of human self-destruction?