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VICTORY: Utah Hospital Halts Cruel Cat Lab!

Written by PETA | February 9, 2011
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We are very happy to report that as a result of pressure from PETA and more than 25,000 of our supporters, Utah’s Primary Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) has announced that it is canceling plans to torment cats in a cruel and archaic training exercise!

As it had in previous years, PCMC planned to offer this animal lab as part of an annual conference that is co-sponsored by the University of Utah. The cats—who would have been purchased from a local animal shelter—were slated to have hard plastic tubes forced down their windpipes and likely would have suffered bleeding, swelling, scarring, and even collapsed lungs. But thanks to the efforts of PETA supporters who took part in a short but vigorous campaign, the cats will now be spared this trauma, and the conference will only use modern simulators for the training.

Since last week, tens of thousands of compassionate people responded to PETA’s e-mail action alert targeting PCMC, and hundreds posted comments on PCMC’s wall on Facebook (prompting the hospital to shut down the page entirely).  The owner of Salt Lake City’s all-vegan Cakewalk Baking Company even made and hand-delivered a cake to PCMC’s CEO in protest of the inhumane exercise. 

This morning, we asked supporters to call PCMC and urge officials to do the right thing by calling off this exercise. Hundreds did just that, and some of you may have heard the news directly that PCMC was scrapping plans for this cruel laboratory.

While we are thrilled to celebrate this important victory for animals, we ask that you please take a moment to speak out against the cruel actions of North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS)—the last shelter in Utah that continues to sell animals for experiments and the facility that would have provided cats to PCMC. PETA’s successes depend on your willingness to take action. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Written by Jeremy Beckham

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  • Ramona says:

    The ability to contact, from Australia, organisations like PCMC and instantly inform them in writing of my concerns about their barbaric proposal – that is one of the greatest things about the internet. I can also say in real time, ‘Thank you, PETA – you guys rock’. Congratulations on another big win.

  • Ann Seivertson says:

    Yes! A victory! And thanks to everyone who got behind this cause..we can do more…and we will!! PETA, you rock!!!

  • Vivienne says:

    Sometimes PETA is criticized at being extremists, but that’s what is needed sometimes – NO compromises on animal use/exploitation.

  • Chris Rosty says:

    Humans are animals, right? How do ya’ll feel about experiments on unborn babies slated for killing through abortion? Hmmm?

  • Olga Pratt says:

    Why PCMC wouln’t use those modern, superior simulators widely used across the country for this very purpose ? Thank you PETA for your determination.

  • Zila Zainal says:

    Congrats PeTA! Thank you for saving these lovely cats. they need us to speak for them. and thank you PCPM for co-operate.

  • Adair Leonard says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you PETA and PCMC.

  • Kathryn says:

    Thank you, PETA. And,”God bless you.” I think God is pleased with your efforts and blessing them. It is His plan for us to be stewards of this earth and the animals in it. I am glad there are so many who feel this way and respond to your requests.

  • Irene Metro MD says:

    Thank God these barbaric methods were cancelled. Even when I trained, we used simulators! The civilized world understands compassion. What happened to PCMC?? Who gave consent for this inhumane behavior??

  • Marina says:

    I’m so happy to hear this! I’m crying from happiness! I called PCMC and my husband called. This news just made my day!

  • Vineca Gray says:

    Heart-felt congratulations on your hard work. Even though I am Canadian, I ‘manage’ to sign the petitions. Canada has so much work to do right here on local soil, yet it is essential to work together on these universal issues. XO

  • PETA says:

    Re: Alyssa. Thank you for being so passionate about animal rights! Please take a look at the peta2 website http://www.peta2.com/ where YOU can help animals by joining Street Team http://www.peta2.com/STREETTEAM/index.asp!

  • Isabelle says:

    Congrats PETA I am so proud of you! Keep it up saving animals from unconscious ‘humans’ !

  • Jen says:

    Praise God

  • Ellen Daigle says:

    It was so close to the dead line that I was sure we wouldn’t make it. I wanted so bad to tell them to do what they wanted do to the animals and see how horrific it would be. There is a God!!

  • mari says:

    Greats news! Thanks PETA :)

  • Karen Beliveau says:

    Thank you Peta and all who signed. What I have a hard time with is so called ‘shelters’ selling their animals for experiments. They should look up the meaning of the word!

  • Christine Villeneuve says:

    Merci pour tout ce que vous faites. Vous êtes formidables. Bisous!!

  • Emily says:

    Why is it in this day and age, such barbaric methods still happen? Thank you PETA for your determination.

  • rosaura says:

    thanks peta!! for the only reason that you are real!

  • Radar says:

    God bless PETA!

  • Sue says:

    It’s about time!!! What’s the point in torchering cats or animals for that matter!!! Try shoving a hart tube down your throat and see how you like that!!!

  • Corrine Cassavaugh says:

    Thank God! I am so happy these precious Angels will be spared the pain. Thank you Peta and supporters! My heart is happy tonight :)

  • Alyssa says:

    I have an absolutely amazing cat. I love animals. I love everything about animals. I cannot stand this. I hate reading about it. I hate everything about this. People are sick. People are cruel. Hospitals that animal test or do anything like that are HORRIBLE. They should be ashamed of theirsevles. They think that animals have the same bodies as us? That everything they do to the animals will have the same affect as us? Last time I check we are NOT cats. We are NOT dogs. We are NOT rats, etc. We are HUMANS. I’m 14. I know this. If torturing animals makes my life ‘better’.. the I don’t want a ‘better’ life.

  • Tina Nikolovska says:

    Kudos for PETA and for those tens of thousands of animal lovers in the world! Good job Justin and Jeremy! Wishing you more victories like this!

  • karen says:

    Please stop selling animals to laboratories.

  • L The Cat Lover says:

    YAY on behalf of the cats!I never understood how or WHY a hospital,whose job it is to save lives and provide comfort,would EVER condone animal torture.And when there are alternatives.I don’t want any of MY doctors to be animal torturers either.

  • isoldeml says:

    PETA thanks to you and your determination to protect animals from abuse and cruelty! Is great this animals are now saved!

  • Alinanisette says:

    Great news !

  • Rita says:

    Great news!! I was feeling so nervous that the date was approaching and they were still planing on doing it! Thank you so much PETA for helping all these animals in need :D

  • Silvia says:

    Stop with this cruelty…do experimentation on YOURSELF!!!!!!

  • carol says:

    Congratulations to everyone who participated! Finally, they took notice of us all. I for one am very, very happy this practise has been stopped and I hope it remains that way.

  • pcosta says:

    Congratulations!! PETA. keep up the good work. On to the next battle and lets continue to keep an eye on U of U.

  • lala says:

    Hooray! Thanks PETA!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Thank goodness! Thank you PETA for taking action against this horrible abuse.

  • Jenny says:

    Thank you, PCMC, if you are reading this! I am heartened by your decision!

  • Animal lover says:

    Great job everyone!!!!! ANIMAL RIGHTS NOW!!!

  • Barbara J. Marcello says:

    GO PETA, You and the 25,000 e-mails made the difference. We’ll always be by your side, You know how to save innocent lives, and will never back up or back down to reach VICTORY. GOD BLESS you.

  • Cindy says:

    so what did they do with the animals that they already had??? did they take them back to the shelter for adoption???? where are they?? :(

  • daytona says:

    ANIMALS ARE FREE NO ONES IS THE OWNER OF SOME ANIMAL, MY DOG IS MY FRIEND, MY PROTECTOR, MY EVERYTHING. THANK YOU PETA, I AM ONE OF SPANISH UNEMPLOYED, AN NOW I CAN NOT GIVE A GRIF, BUT SOON AS I START TO WORK I WILL BE, A PETA MEMBER. THANKS U.

  • pete giacca says:

    Great work

  • Catlady says:

    Thank God this was stopped. How horrible can people be really!

  • danielle madau says:

    STOP Y EN A ASSEZ DE FAIRE SOUFFRIR CES PAUVRES ANIMAUX, UN PEU DE RESPECT POUR EUX S’IL VOUS PLAIT, AIMERIEZ VOUS QUE L’ON VOUS TRAITE DE LA SORTE ? NON, JE NE LE PENSE PAS. ALORS LAISSONS LES VIVRE LEURS VIES EN PAIX. MERCI

  • Luke Thomas says:

    Thank you PETA! Awesome!! You all rock!

  • M. Murphy says:

    Any medical student who would injury an innocent animals WON’T EVER BE MY DOCTOR. I’m going to go online and look up their medical schools.

  • Ahrens says:

    stop this abuse that is disgusting

  • Laura Jarvis says:

    NUVAS, You must immediately take the word SHELTER from your name. Shelter is to offer protection, food, housing. You do not provide anything but a dead end for these animals. You are not a shelter!!!!!!!

  • Andrea Christensen says:

    For your sake, I hope animals never take over the earth.

  • Maria Machado says:

    I am so happy about this news. I feel that finally our words are getting somewhere.

  • Dianna says:

    Thank goodness for this small victory.

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