Group: Stop using pigs in medical schools

Jan 29, 2008

An animal rights group has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling on U.S. colleges to stop killing pigs for educational purposes.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine called on the Medical College of Wisconsin and eight other U.S. schools to stop using live animals in the teaching curriculum, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday.

The Medical College plans to open, examine and kill 36 pigs at the end of February.

"The definition of 'physiology' is 'the study of living systems,'" Allen Cowley, professor and chairman of physiology, said in an internal Medical College memo. "The Medical College's cardiovascular laboratory provides students with an exceptional learning experience."

Richard Katschke, the associate vice president of public affairs at the Medical College, said the use of live animals in medical education is endorsed by the American Physiological Society.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

Related Stories

Cadavers beat computers for learning anatomy

Oct 16, 2014

Despite the growing popularity of using computer simulation to help teach college anatomy, students learn much better through the traditional use of human cadavers, according to new research that has implications ...

Recommended for you

Birds 'weigh' peanuts and choose heavier ones

17 hours ago

Many animals feed on seeds, acorns or nuts. The common feature of these are that they have shells and there is no direct way to know what's inside. How do the animals know how much and what quality of food ...

Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

May 22, 2015

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision: ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

zbarlici
5 / 5 (3) Jan 29, 2008
... an animal rights group needs to shut up, or volunteer to replace the pigs. There is such thing as going too far.

Some things have to be practiced... what do you suggest, animal rights group, that the students use humans instead? - didn`t think so, then you need to shut up

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.