I have an exciting update for you. As you may remember, we launched a public campaign against the University of North Carolina (UNC) last August by filing a federal complaint after the school failed to consider implementing exclusively nonanimal training methods. Local physicians joined us in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the university's animal use, which included practicing numerous invasive procedures on live pigs to teach emergency medicine residents.
In October, UNC's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted a lecture by our
director of research advocacy, Ryan Merkley, who presented arguments in favor of
human-relevant training methods. Last month, our local physician advocate,
Roberta Gray, M.D., submitted public comments to the UNC Board of Governors,
urging her alma mater to modernize their emergency medicine residency program so
that it would meet the standard of excellence for which the university is known.
Meanwhile, students and local activists rallied in support of our efforts by
distributing outreach materials and educating the general public about UNC's
And finally, last week, the school contacted us to relay that the
animal lab would be ending and that the school would only be using
human-relevant methods to train emergency medicine residents!
We could not have achieved this without your support. More than 42,000
petitions were sent to top officials at UNC from our members across the United
States and around the world! Now, UNC joins the vast majority of its peers by
embracing medical simulation as the superior training method.
Please join us in
thanking UNC for making the switch to ethically and educationally superior
training methods. And let's keep the momentum going! Once you sign
the UNC thank you message, you will be directed to a Vanderbilt University
petition—please urge Vanderbilt to follow suit and end its animal training
Replaces Live Animal Use in Paramedic Training
Immediately after the Physicians Committee brought public attention to live
animal use in the paramedic training program at Baylor College of Medicine and
the Montgomery County Hospital District, the institutions announced an end to
the practice. Details >
Roadmap to End
Three Lethal Animal Tests
A Physicians Committee workshop at the National Institutes of Health
identified the steps needed to replace Lethal Dose 50 chemical tests—which kill
tens of thousands of animals each year—with human-relevant tests. Steps >