Friday, June 20, 2014

OREGON, MISSISSIPPI, & BEYOND: A huge victory and a call to action by PCRM

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From: PCRM's Neal Barnard, M.D. <>
Date: Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Subject: A Huge Victory

Another Victory
Dear Ms. Marshall,
I am very excited to share a huge victory with you that has been years in the making. As you may know, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has long used animals in teaching laboratories for medical students. In these sessions, medical students place catheters in the arteries and veins of live animals, block the animals' arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students then open the animals' chest cavities to expose the hearts. Afterward, they are all killed.
As you can imagine, this laboratory was very controversial. Many students had no desire to kill their first "patient." And as many other medical schools switched to nonanimal teaching methods, students at OHSU could see less and less reason for this sort of deadly laboratory exercise continuing at their school.
We worked long and hard to stop it. At first, the school simply switched from using dogs to using live pigs, hoping to quell objections. But we kept up the pressure, working with the university, but also pushing the media with a billboard in downtown Portland, a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a demonstration outside the school of medicine. Under pressure, OHSU was forced to reevaluate its use of animals. OHSU finally came to the conclusion that, indeed, there is no need to use animals in medical student training.
With OHSU ending the use of live animals in medical student training, there are three medical schools still using animals, only one of which is still using animals for physiology training. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) remains the only medical school in the United States using animals for this purpose. Please help by politely asking UMMC to end this animal use today!
Please e-mail UMMC School of Medicine dean James Keeton, M.D., today and ask him to join every other medical school in the United States by ending the use of animals in physiology training.
Thank you again for all of your support. Together, we are able to make these huge strides toward better trained physicians and more compassionate medicine—a better world for animals and people.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
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