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Victory! U-M Ends Cruel Cat Labs!

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan | December 9, 2011
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After more than a year of campaigning by PETA and supporters—and a day after the release of a shocking PETA exposé—the University of Michigan (U-M) announced that it has ended the use of cats in its Survival Flight intubation training laboratory.

More than 100,000 people—including Michigan natives Iggy Pop and Lily Tomlin—called on U-M to replace crude and cruel live-animal laboratories with more humane and effective human simulators, which are already used for other U-M courses. The U-M student group Michigan Animal Rights Society led demonstrations in support of the effort, the student assembly passed a resolution urging the school to end the laboratories, and the student newspaper editorial board came out in favor of replacing animals with simulators. PETA supporters even jammed university circuit boards with phone calls to protest the Survival Flight animal laboratories.

U-M says that it still plans to harm and kill pigs to teach other skills in the Survival Flight training course, and PETA will continue to push the school to replace all animal use with simulators that are already available on campus.

Of course, this victory would not have been possible without the help of our supporters. Help us keep up the momentum by clicking here to urge St. Louis Children’s Hospital to join U-M and nearly every other facility in the country by replacing the use of animals with simulators for intubation training.

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  • leonor estevam says:

    quando nos passaremos a respeitar a vida animal?????????????????? somemte quando fizermos isso poderemos ser chamados de racionais e inteligentes

  • Anna Burman says:

    well that’s is good news for the cats. Let’s hope they extend this good deed to all animal experiments now.

  • vincenzo says:

    Well the victory for the cats; now help the pigs. GO PETA!!!! Vincenzo Italia

  • Joan Swain says:

    As I was giving my cat one of her many hugs & looks of appreciation yesterday, little did I know that today I’d be reading such good news about my alma mater. I’m glad U of Mich finally lived up to their oft-proclaimed “Champions of the West,” by stopping the mindless cruelty….now on to save the hapless pigs still in their labs. Thank you PETA.

  • DarkLady91 says:

    Finally animals are recovering their revenge!!



  • rosemary packard says:

    Thank God these animals are free. It is unbearable to think of the horrific life these innocent creatures have had to endure.

  • Betty Richardone says:

    People that do these horrific things to animals are mentally ill. STOP THIS NOW!!!!! Animals are so magnificent, we are lucky to have them.

  • Renata says:

    Animal testing is still in use not because useful and valid but just because of the opposite: it’s to please the big Pharma to get off the hook when they are taken to court. It doesn’t matter the extension of the blunder they have made, if they can prove that on some species, even a moschito, that drug was safe, then they don’t pay. Big Pharma doesn’t want us healthy. If we were they would be out of business, wake up. Vivisection is a 17th century method with an approximate validity of around 33% (i.e. throwing a coin in the air has more chances to be right). Who would like to be cured with 17th century medicine? As far as the statement that animals do not suffer Mr Anonymous (you didn’t even give your name! that says something)you should just be ashamed to be such a liar. That says it all about you. They don’t suffer and they are killed humanely and also kept humanely right? Which planet do you come from? Shame on you.

  • simon says:

    Thanks for saving the cats…now we have to join forces to save the pigs. Does the university think it’s ok to test on pigs because they aren’t fluffy and cuddly. All animals have feelings and emotions and experience fear.

  • simon says:

    Thanks for saving the cats…now we have to join forces to save the pigs. Does the university think it’s ok to test on pigs because they aren’t fluffy and cuddly. All animals have feelings and emotions and experience fear.

  • sue says:

    The treatment of cats or any animal is disgusting not only in our country but all countries. Animals are little people with feelings and even if they are killed for food, they need to be treated or killed with respect and humanely. I still can’t believe how humans can treat animals so poorly and inhumanely. We should be ashamed of ourselves. More people need to go to jail for how they treat animals. Please help us to all learn how animals should be treated and make the public aware of what they can do to help.Thanks Sue

  • Humanity4allbeings says:

    I am so happy that this went through. However as I am against cruel testing on the innocent I do agree with some of you, because in order to find out things something has to be used. My option is to use sadistic monsters for research as they are just taking up much needed space. Sadly though I don’t see that happening. 🙁 All I can say is; ” In all the progress we make, we should never forget all the lives we take. “

  • Dianne Hillier says:

    My prayer for all the abused, tortured, exploited and murdered animals Compassion is the source of happiness in life….Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country, or the world. ‘With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.’ – Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

  • Jon M says:

    Bravo PETA. But the question arises as to why the law allowed U-M to abuse animals, and, apparently, will be allowed to continue to do so. All this reflects very badly on humanity. Anyone who’s ever had an endoscopy without anaesthetic will realize just how painful have a tube shoved down you throat is; or doesn’t it matter if it’s happening to someone or something else?

  • Rebecca R says:

    I say to all those who think it is ok to abuse animals for testing- Why don’t YOU volunteer to be a test dummy?

  • michaela says:

    I love animals, Please stop all animal killings!!

  • Mette says:

    I am against all forms of animal testing for the purpose of developing new drugs, proceedures, cosmetics and what nots.I sign petitions and try to avoid products that have been tested on animals as best I can. But as a health care professional I handle and distribute drugs everyday that exist because of animal testing. These drugs save lives and increase the quality of life for millions of humans everyday. But we have other and better methods now that don`t involve animal testing. Testing on animals has to stop!!!We know better! Drug companies make a lot of money when they develope new drugs. Animal testing is a cheap method and the animals are voiceless. It`s all about the money and profit-once again!!!! PETA and its members are the voices of the innocent and voiceless. Support PETA-they do a job!!!!

  • Stephanie says:

    There is no need to test on animals. I disagree with the Anonymous comment below justifying animal testing for the sake of OTC drugs and cancer treatments etc… There has been great leaps and bounds in the medical field due to animal testing – but it is not right. Animals are not ours to test on. They cannot agree to it. We are their stewards and shepherds since they cannot speak up for themselves. Ghandi said it best: “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”

  • Bernard Brennan says:

    Dear Anonymous. Please research before making such pathetic comments. If you have a look you will see that experiments on non human animals rarely translate once they go to human trials. Society says we should ‘experiment’ on these poor creatures because they are NOT human That is why the results are so often misleading. Every week I read that some vivisectionist’s horrible experiment was successful on a non human animal model. Then it goes to human trials never too be heard of again.

  • Cheyenne says:

    To be honest I LOVE what PETA is doing. No animal should have to go through pain just for a humans needs. Animals have different DNA than humans so why test on animals. When i’m in pain i don’t take medicine depending on the pain im in because of animal research. All an animal wants is to roam freely and be loved for who they are!! :'(

  • Anonymous says:

    I love animals, but some of PETAs campaigns are extremely misinformed. Things like this one are ok, but seriously, being completely 100% against animal testing is hypocritical.  How many of you would have cancer treatment if you needed it? How many of you take pain medication when you’re in pain? How many of you would go on antidepressants if you were suicidal? How many of you expect your doctors to be properly trained and your medications and surgical procedures to be safe and used/performed correctly? If you were exposed to HIV through no fault of your own, how many of you would want to be cured or at least improve your chances of not contracting the disease? I will bet everyone can say yes to at least one of these things….and now also think how this applies to every person you love and care about. Animal testing is the closest thing we have to testing on people, and after rat/animal studies, the next step is human clinical trials. If you are going to refuse all forms of medical treatment for your family than by all means be against animal testing. But otherwise, if you want safe medication and procedures and to cure diseases, it’s a fact of life that needs to be accepted. There are more humane ways to test on animals so they are not in pain, and to ensure they are euthenaised humanely as well. But completely stopping animal testing? We might as well shut down all hospitals now.

  • Amanda says:

    Just wondering…is PETA going to pay for the human simulators?

  • Ariana says:

    Yay i loveee animals. i dont see a reason to use animals. its cruel and souless.

  • M says:

    Please have someone check all the UM’s for animal cruelty:UM- Flint, Western Mich. U., Central Mich. U, etc. Thank you very much. “Home for the Holidays” please.

  • Jennie says:

    Killing the poor pigs is still bad. Please stop all animal killings.

  • YAY! says:

    I never used to go on Because you guys are agaisnt circuses and i work in one…But ANIMAL TESTING is NOT ok. Im So happy for this to be over! Congrats!

  • Veda Balla says:

    There is no need to use any animals for these experiments. Pigs do not deserve this cruelty, either.

  • Stephanie says:

    Congratulations to PETA and the University of Michigan for the cooperative effort to end the use of cats in experiments. It’s “one step at a time – or one creature at a time.” Nice to see this change.”

  • Jana says:

    Ja to prostě nechápu láme mi to srdce jenom to vidím nebo čtu

  • melissam says:

    I can’t imagine someone abusing my cat in such a horrific way it breaks my heart.

  • John Olexa says:

    Great news!! Still a lot of work yet to do. But we will get there!

  • Paula says:

    What a disgrace that a University tortures animals as a teaching aid. Yet again how do the students there participate in this cruelty. They should use the human simulators and stop mailing and killing innocent animals. Thankfully poor cats won’t be used anymore but what about the poor pigs. It is a disgrace and the students should be ashamed of themselves for partaking in this torture. University of Michigan you should be prosecuted for animal cruelty!!

  • Rat King says:

    Thank you Peta – you are great! I drink a toast this night to you and all the saved cats – in company of my two lovely cats!

  • JVB says:

    Always great to read about a victory. And I agree, there’s no need to use animals at all! Together we can make a difference, we just gonna keep pledging . 😉

  • TristanCristal says:

    Por fin una buena noticia para los animales domésticos. mi corazón baila de alegría.

  • marita dolne campos says:

    I like the cats and i have one. Please dont make cruelty with them.

  • Christine Kapetanios says:

    The human trash that profit from the suffering of animals do not deserve the air they breath. They are a plague that Mother Nature must eradicate. I pray she rids earth of the human plague swiftly.

  • Lisa says:

    And lets hope others will follow suit, not just in the USA but around the world this kind of abuse is not justified for medical science it is purely for abusing and torturing innocent animals

  • Kathryn Reyna says:

    Another wonderful victory for the animals thanks to PETA and friends! Please help them in their fight against cruelty and greed in all its forms. Let’s march onward in helping to save the innocent, helpless pigs and other animals who are still facing torture and death at the hands of these souless people.

  • Dawn West says:

    So much for being educated and having a conscience..

  • sarah crowley says:

    Replace ALL animal use with simulators that are available on campus!!

  • Lilian says:

    I hope that victory can be given once and for all and forever in all the places they conduct experiments and animal testing

  • Sue Griffiths says:

    Please stop using cruel methods of training on animals. Every creature on earth has a right to a life worth living, and no animal should be in captivity. This is almost 2012, why are you so backward in this matter? Or are you receiving massive grants, and would prefer to torture animals to carry on receiving them. If this is so, then shame on you.