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Victory! University Ends Pig Lab

Written by PETA | October 24, 2011

Friday marked an inspiring victory for pigs, who were routinely being cut apart, surgically mutilated, and killed as part of an elective medical training course at Germany’s University of Ulm. Just two hours after PETA Germany asked supporters to contact university officials, the university announced that it would be permanently ending the pig lab!

Medical students and doctors at the university were performing invasive surgeries on live pigs, including cutting out their gallbladders, removing part of their stomachs and livers, and cutting holes in their chests. Using live animals is a crude and archaic method of teaching surgery, and more and more leading institutions have adopted the use of sophisticated human simulators in place of animals. In fact, the use of animals for this purpose appears to violate German law, which requires the use of non-animal teaching methods whenever they are available.

PETA U.S. assisted PETA Germany by drafting a comprehensive brief for University of Ulm officials that described humane, non-animal options for teaching the procedures that students were performing on pigs.

While the University of Ulm is modernizing its curriculum, here at home, the  Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) still mutilates and kills live pigs in trauma training exercises by cutting holes in their throats and chests, despite the availability of superior, non-animal training methods. Tell MUSC President Raymond Greenberg to end the barbaric training exercises on animals immediately.


Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • lisa lorraine says:

    Thank you Peta

  • claudette babineau says:

    this wonderful news bravo PETA

  • claudette babineau says:

    this wonderful news bravo PETA

  • LNTDJRF says:

    MUSC, STOP killing innocent piggies! I don’t think you get good results of your cruel experiments. Don’t do anything on any animals if you can’t do the same thing on yourself.

  • Stella says:

    Stop Stop Stop using the Pigs for research. Stop!

  • Alexandra says:

    As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.

  • jane redfearn says:

    just v great news!

  • Hedda Piffko-Hache says:

    Stop the madness!!! Testing this way is barbaric and not required.

  • Martta-Liisa Harju says:

    from greedy, cruel, “only” human to compassionate, civilized humane

  • frances Letzer says:

    stop abusing them.

  • Rhonda Bays says:

    Please end this inhumane and simply GROSS abuse of these animals… the intelligence of a pig is ranked at the top of the charts in regards to the animal species… but more importantly, like any living thing, they can feel pain and suffer!!! Stop vivisection, dissection, and the killing!!! We should take note of the policiies in Germany, in this instance, we can actually learn something from them!

  • susanna says:

    Animals, pigs being abused, tested on is morally wrong and must end!

  • Tine Krogh says:

    Please! Stop the cruel animal testing!

  • Samantha says:

    If the University of Ulm has modernized its curriculum, why is the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) still mutilating and killing live pigs in trauma training exercises by cutting holes in their throats and chests, despite the availability of superior, non-animal training methods. PLEASE end the barbaric training exercises on animals immediately!!!

  • Mukesh Tanwar says:

    My humble request to these institutions is to go for non-cruel ways for study as they have a noble aim to cure the pain of everyone then why do they want to do so by inflicting pain on millions to cure a thousands? Authorities and PETA needs to help these poor beings.

  • J.A. Dorgan says:

    Please stop the brutality and adopt humane methods.