UT College of Medicine ends use of pig labs


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Physicians Committee applauds a decision by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to end training on live animals.

We showed you their protests against the practice last month.

They argued that it was just a matter of cruelty, but of keeping up with more modern alternatives for training.

Students would perform surgery on live pigs for their emergency medical training.  The animals would be killed after the procedure.

But last week, UT officials announced they had stopped the practice.

The Physicians Committee says 94% of emergency medical residency programs do not use animals in their training.

They say Vanderbilt University is the only program in Tennessee now that still does.organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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