Why are they cutting open pigs in Seattle?
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
April 2014


cutting pigs vivisection UWWe need your help to stop the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, explaining that UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing UW President Michael Young, today.

Here is Mr. Young's telephone number and some talking points to use when you contact his office. Please be polite and encouraging.

Michael Young, President
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195
phone (206) 543-5010

Sign an online petition here.


Read PCRM's complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Re: Use of Live Pigs for Paramedic Training at the University of Washington - PDF.

In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW's paramedic training program.

  • UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.
  • UW's paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use nonanimal methods such as human-based medical simulation.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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