Utah’s Primary Children’s Medical Center Drops Cruel Cat Lab

February 2011

After PETA learned that an annual conference cosponsored by Primary Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and the University of Utah featured a laboratory in which cats purchased from an animal shelter would have hard plastic tubes forced down their delicate windpipes in a cruel training exercise, we launched a campaign to urge the hospital to replace the use of animals with modern and superior simulation methods. More than 25,000 people responded to PETA’s call for action by e-mailing and calling PCMC officials and urging them to end the inhumane laboratory. Soon after, PCMC announced that it was halting plans to torment cats and would be switching to human-patient simulators.

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