Washington U. Gets Wake-Up (Cat) Call

Published by PETA.

A new PETA ad campaign is rolling out in St. Louis to make sure that Washington University’s faculty, staff, students, and supporters don’t forget about the school’s use of live cats for painful and terrifying medical training conducted in conjunction with St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Washington University folks will be confronted by images of cats like those who have tubes forced down their throats in the university’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course (most other PALS courses have upgraded to modern, sophisticated simulators) pretty much everywhere they look:

  • In Their Newspapers
    Both the Washington University newspaper and the website of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offer this reminder of the shameful practice: 


© iStockphoto.com/Dan Brandenburg

    • While Filling Up
      Gas stations near the campus will feature this hard-to-miss ad on top of their pumps:


    © iStockphoto.com/Grigoriy Lukyanov

      • Online
        Even if people stay home, this Google ad should grab their attention:

        How You Can Help These Cats

        Please join us in telling Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital that it’s time to get with the program and scratch cruelty to cats out of their curriculum.

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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