For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2022
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
Martin, Tenn. – On Friday during the University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees’ fall board meeting, a costumed “crying pig” will lead PETA supporters in calling out the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) for collapsing live pigs’ lungs, cutting into their arteries, and breaking open their ribs in archaic and deadly medical training drills.
When: Friday, October 28, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Boling University Center, Duncan Ballroom, 11 Wayne Fisher Dr., Martin
“Sensitive pigs are mangled and mutilated for abusive training procedures that are vastly inferior to human-relevant simulation models,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA is calling on the University of Tennessee to stop tormenting animals in emergency medical drills and to commit to using ethical, effective, animal-free training, just as numerous medical facilities have already done.”
Following a push from PETA, UTCOM’s partner hospital, Erlanger Medical Center—including its medevac provider LIFE FORCE—recently adopted a new policy barring its staff from participating in invasive training sessions, described as “cruel and misguided” and a “waste of time” by employees.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.