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Baystate Pig-testing Protest

Christine
vegan_power
Southington, CT
Post #: 153
I can drive & pick you up at the commuter lot off route 8 exit 42.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 12:00 PM

Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut Street Springfield, MA

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There are only a few programs left that use live animals for their Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses and Baystate Medical Center is one of them. It is currently using pigs for its trauma sessions, which the hospital is justifying by claiming this is the best way to teach students.

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a complaint with the USDA, claiming that Baystate Medical Center is violating the Animal Welfare Act, which requires facilities to use alternatives when available.

According to PCRM, 90 percent of schools offering this program use non-animal models like the TraumaMan System (which Baystate owns!), Synman, and human cadavers for these courses. These alternatives have also been approved by the American College of Surgeons.

Studies have also found that both medical and veterinary students can learn just as well through alternative teaching methods that can include hands on training at shelters for vet students and simulators for medical students.

In addition, some from the medical community have also spoken out against using live animals for this type of training. Dr. Edward Linkner, a former student at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine spoke out about this practice in the Detroit Free Press. He refused to participate in the dog lab while he was a student and stated that, “it was clear that using live dogs to practice critical procedures meant for human patients is unnecessary and inhumane--and it does not give participants an accurate understanding of human anatomy.”

Also, The Republican printed a letter on June 30th sent by a doctor in Sudbury, MA about the Baystate pig lab - http://www.masslive.c...­ inion/index.ssf/2011/06/le tters_to_the_editor_whitey_b.html
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