Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Asks to Stop Killing Innocent Animals

To. Jon L. Pryor, M.D. M.B.A CEO of Hennepin County Medical Center. 

I am writing to ask you to end the use of animals for training emergency medicine residents at Hennepin County Medical Center [HCMC]. As you know, at HCMC, emergency medicine residents are instructed to experiment on live rabbits and sheep to practice procedures. However, there are validated and widely available nonanimal methods that allow trainees to hone their skills – HCMC already has a state of the art simulation center that could provide the resources to replace the use of animals! To ensure that future emergency physicians are receiving educationally and ethically superior training methods, please end the use of animals immediately!.

To: Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., Chairperson of the Advisory Counsil on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services

I am writing to ask you to save human and animal lives by prioritizing funding for human-relevant research efforts for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.  Animal studies have not led to safe and effective treatments for this devastating disease.  In vitro, computational, and careful human studies have been shown to be better at predicting response and safety.  Increased focus on clinical studies on diet and other lifestyle factors are badly needed.  Thousands of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers are depending on your leadership and stepping up to engage the research community – please make their efforts count. 

To: M. Roy Wilson, M.D., President of Wayne State University

I am writing to ask you to please halt the cruel and unnecessary heart-failure experiments being conducted at your universtiy.  These experiments haven’t led to any benefits in people, and are killing innocent dogs in the process.  I urge you to switch to more effective, animal-free, human-based studies. As the president of Wayne State University, the fate of these animals is in your hands.

Please act wisely and compassionately – stop experimenting on dogs!

To: Army Special Operations Command

I am writing to ask that Army Special Operations Command USASOC has a great responsibility to modernize battlefield medicine.  The Department of Defense has stated that its goal is to replace animals with alternative training methods, but progress has been slow. Instead of harming pigs and goats, combat trauma training can be taught using a variety of realistic, effective, high-fidelity medical simulators.

Please use your considerable authority to modernize USASOC medical training and end the use of animals. 

 

 

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