RWTH Aachen University Ends Cruel Pig Labs

January 2012

After learning that the RWTH Aachen University in Germany was conducting an “advanced skill course” on live pigs in its Department of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery in which animals were cut apart and killed, PETA and PETA Germany contacted the school with information about existing humane and superior non-animal training methods and urged it to end the pig labs. We also pointed out that the laboratories appeared to violate German law, which requires the use of non-animal teaching alternatives where available. In less than two weeks after receiving appeals from PETA and PETA Germany, administrators announced that, effective immediately, RWTH Aachen University will no longer use animals in this surgical course.

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