UConn Health Center Drops Cruel Medical Training

July 2009


After PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department (LID) learned about a University of Connecticut Health Center medical training course in which cats were having hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their wind pipes and rabbits were having air forced into their chests and were then stabbed with needles to relieve the pressure (before being killed), we sent the school information on modern, humane, and educationally superior medical simulators; filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and asked our members and supporters to urge the school to drop the cruel course. The school has announced that it is no longer using animals for this training.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind