For immediate release:
December 13, 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Chattanooga, Tenn. – PETA is asking University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Chancellor Steve Schwab to cancel a “training” exercise scheduled for Dec. 16 in which live pigs will be mutilated and killed. The exercise is to take place at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine, in association with a regional emergency medical evacuation company, Life Force Air Medical of Erlanger Health System. PETA is also asking the Chancellor to use only superior, animal-free human simulators in the future.
Procedures on pigs would attempt to teach critical care procedures for Human patients requiring transport to medical facilities. Course leaders subject pigs to many invasive procedures, including inducing lung collapse, incising an artery to induce bleeding, and opening the ribs if resuscitation of the pigs fails . Inside sources tell PETA that at least one pig has died this year due to medical error during the insertion of a chest tube. Pigs that survive the procedures are killed at the end of the training. All of these procedures can be performed on simulators that faithfully mimic the human body.
“Smart, sensitive pigs are being maimed and killed for barbaric training exercises that would be best taught using human-relevant simulation models,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA is asking the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and Erlanger Health System’s Life Force Air Medical to adopt superior non-animal technology that spares pig lives and allows trainees to perform invasive procedures until they are confident and competent.”
Studies show that medical skills learned on pigs do not translate effectively to the treatment of human patients, due to the significant anatomical and physiological differences between species and that medical professionals who have learned vital surgical skills on Human simulators are more proficient than those who used animals for their training. Effective, anatomically accurate human simulators and human cadavers are widely available to teach vital medical skills.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment with” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s information gathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where instagram.