PETA Helps Save Pigs From Use in Deadly Chest-Surgery Training

PETA Germany—advised by PETA scientists—has persuaded St. Elisabeth and St. Barbara hospital in Halle, Germany, to stop cutting open pigs’ chests in deadly surgical-training exercises and instead embrace sophisticated, non-animal teaching methods. The hospital offers an annual thoracoscopy skills training course, during which surgeons operate on live pigs before ultimately killing them. Thanks to the efforts of PETA Germany and PETA, the hospital has now agreed to use only superior, human-relevant, non-animal models.

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