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Victory! Hospital Stops Hurting Cats in Training Exercises

Written by PETA | September 21, 2009
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After a healthy amount of prodding from PETA, Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, has announced that it is planning to stop jamming hard plastic tubes down cats’ windpipes for intubation training in its Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. They are making the switch to state-of-the-art manikins by the end of this month.

Back in June, PETA contacted hospital administrators and urged them to replace the cruel use of cats for intubation training. We wanted them to start using the more effective, humane humanlike simulators that are endorsed by the PALS course’s sponsor organization and that are used at nearly every PALS facility in the country. Heartland resisted. But after two months, a USDA complaint from PETA, a letter, a phone call from one of the original developers of the PALS course, and thousands of e-mails from caring PETA supporters, Heartland administrators have had a change of heart.

Switching to manikins is purrfect—cats are spared, and nurses, EMTs, and other emergency caregivers get more accurate and effective training.

What’s the holdup, St. Louis Children’s Hospital?

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Will says:

    We now have the knowledge and technology to be done with the CRUEL use of animals for research… So lets end this chapter and move on.

  • Mary F. says:

    Please, Please stop animal testing NOW!!!!! There are plenty of criminals in prison and I’m sure the results would be more accurate than testing on animals!!!! Just an idea from an animal lover!!!

  • denise summer says:

    No animal should suffer at human hands for any reason – ever. This must end.

  • Robin Bush says:

    This is disgusting and inhumane. STOP this barbaric act right now. If you believe in God, you wopuld NEVER hurt any animal like you do. God have mercy on your souls…. BRAVO PETA YOU GET THEM TO STOP !

  • Sharon Gregory says:

    Absolutely disgusting !! Use other methods!! There are other ways. You people disgust me. Animals deserve to be treated properly. Stop this now!!!!!

  • Jasmin says:

    Its just horrible horrible….but thanks to all the good work PETA is doing things getting exposed. And we all have to stand together in this fight against cruelty. Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened

  • Lynette says:

    This has to be about grant money. Money and power are the only things that trump humanity. Sad commentary.

  • cyprienne says:

    i HAVE 3 CATS AND 2 DOGS THAT I LOVE LIKE FAMILY AND TO THINK ABOUT ANYONE HURTING OUR 4 LEGGED FRIENDS JUST BREAKS MY HEART SO WELL DONE PETA KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  • Lexo says:

    I had no idea they did that to cats. How could they get away with it for so long?

  • monster says:

    hahah peta files lol pedo files hehe lol

  • Maria,Gandolfo says:

    THANK YOU PETA for helping these poor little animals! Victory for them is better late than never. Bless you PETA for not giving up your helping so many animals and i just like many others thank youu 3L

  • christine says:

    please stop testing on animals its mean