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U.S. Navy Ends Ferret Abuse

Written by PETA | March 27, 2012

Here’s some exciting news from PETA’s home region of Hampton Roads, Virginia: Following more than two years of urging from PETA, the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) has completely replaced its cruel and crude use of ferrets for teaching lifesaving intubation skills to physicians and others with more modern and effective simulators.

Joining PETA in calling for an end to this cruel ferret laboratory were several military and civilian medical experts with firsthand knowledge about the superiority of simulators, including a pediatrician who is a former commander of NMCP. Previously, ferrets had hard plastic tubes forced down their delicate windpipes as often as 10 times per session—a procedure that can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death.

NMCP joins the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Tripler Army Medical Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences—as well as more than 90 percent of pediatric residency programs nationwide—that have already ended the use of cats and ferrets for intubation training in favor of superior human simulators. 


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  • Carine roulet says:

    Stop .. In these experimentations on animals … They are only Cruelties, suffering and murder..

  • Linda K says:

    I also had two lovely ferrets, ursula and ellie. They were the sweetest animals. The navy, come on and get with it, you have all the newest and most expensive equipment there it. It’s time to stop using live animals for your testing procedures. Intubating a ferret or cat is nothing like intubating a person. End it…….

  • joan says:

    ferrets are lovely animals i just hope our efferts help them

  • vondelle says:

    The University of Washington used to do this and they have stopped too. I would like to say that those ferrets were very lovable and well taken care of. I think that if the breeders refused to provide the animals that would make all studies and tests not happen in the first place

  • Mintaka says:

    Other than being predatory mammals, I can see absolutely no similarities between humans and ferrets. Using them for any type of human-benefiting research is flat-out stupid.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    thanks alot.

  • Rik says:

    Here in Holland they still uses ferrets. They say it’s a good replacement for humans. They use the ferrets to make flu. Yes, to make flu… Sick isn’t it…

  • ChrissieJ says:

    I am so glad to hear this. As a Navy daughter, I was proud of the years my dad gave the Navy and so I was pretty proud of the Navy. I was about to lose that pride until I read, “ENDS” ferret abuse. It shouldn’t have started in the first place

  • Rocco S. says:

    This is a victory for the Ferrets. We must stop all cruelty to animals

  • Tarianna says:

    This is great!!! I just wish they would have done this sooner!!! Simulators werent invented yesterday!!! They just chose not to use them!!!! Now all we have to do is get the rest of the animal-lab testers to do this.

  • Mattie says:

    Thanks god ! This is great news !

  • Mirka says:

    This is horrible method! I think there are anoder solutions to lern. I do not agree with it.

  • Li Kyriakou says:

    When will all the animal abuse stop.

  • Marina Trofin says:

    These are good news! I recently saw in the dog park a ferret as somebody’s pet; he is as cute as possible, and they make very good pets!

  • Tatyana Zheveleva says:

    Всё зло,что делали ранее: насилие и жестокость, -требуем срочно прекратить!!! Тёмные силы понимают,что им надо отступать! На Земле – быть Добру и Любви!!!

  • Krystyna Mierzecka says:

    Please, animals are not for this! This is horrible practice!

  • Josh Pelleg says:

    Thanks Professor Josh Pel;leg

  • Nicholas Gysi says:

    Good News they’ve finally stopped. It’s always nice to get info like this.

  • Lynne97060 says:

    What a horribly cruel thing to do to a ferret! Let them practice on each other, not pick on little guys like ferrets!

  • Lynda says:

    I rescue abused and unwanted ferrets and this totally disgusts me to think that they use ferrets in totally unwarranted experiments. The picture on this website is of the endangered black footed ferret which is almost extinct and would be unless we had captive breeding programs…..what are they thinking of.

  • karin says:

    Mit der häutigen Technologie geht alles. Wir sind schon so weit mit der Forschung. Ich finde es grausam und unmenschlich, dass die heutige Gesellschaft noch immer nicht genug oder gar nicht über dieses Thema informiert ist/wird! Es ist unmenschlich, quälerisch und Tierversuche müssen verboten werden. Kompetente Forscher, das brauchen wir und keine hemmungslosen Sadiste.Danke.

  • Nora Trogen says:

    Please, animals are not for this!

  • Debbie says:

    THANK GOD!!!!! Thank God for anyone who no longer abuses animals. Thank God for PETA. And Thank you Naval Med Ctr in San Diego for finally stopping this horrible practice.

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