Tell the University of Mississippi Medical Center to End the Use of Pigs
Action Alert from


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
June 2014


The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Medicine is scheduled to begin a medical student physiology lab in which live pigs will have tubes and needles inserted into their chest cavities and hearts. Please tell UMMC that this needs to stop.

There are only three medical schools still using animals, only one of which is still using animals for physiology training. Tell UMMC School of Medicine dean James Keeton, M.D.,to join every other medical school in the United States by ending the use of animals in physiology training.

Sign this online petition

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

James E. Keeton, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
phone (601) 984-1010


We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of animals in UMMC’s physiology lab.
  • Anatomical and physiological differences between pigs and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
  • UMMC is one of only four schools in the United States and Canada that still use live animals for training.
  • High-fidelity human-patient simulators more accurately represent human anatomy and allow for repetitive training.
  • UMMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center than can easily provide nonanimal training methods. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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