ST. LOUIS—Washington University has ended the use of live cats and ferrets in its pediatrics program, as announced in an e-mail to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Physicians Committee—a national nonprofit of 12,000 concerned physicians—applauds the university’s decision to join all other surveyed programs in the United States in using human-relevant training methods, like advanced medical simulators.
“The best way to teach emergency airway intervention is on human-relevant training methods. I commend Washington University for switching to modern methods,” says John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee. “With this decision, Wash U’s pediatrics training has progressed into the 21st century.”
On Oct. 14, Washington University Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics Gary Silverman, M.D., Ph.D., responded to a Physicians Committee inquiry by writing: “Yes, we ended this and are looking for adoptive ‘parents’ for the cats.” Prior to this decision, pediatrics residents at the school were instructed to force a breathing tube down the throats of live cats and ferrets to practice endotracheal intubation.
Washington University announced in 2013 that it would stop using cats for the same procedure in a different course. In addition, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in pediatrics residency courses and neonatal resuscitation training as of Jan. 1, 2015.
Now all of the 198 U.S. pediatrics programs surveyed by the Physicians Committee use only nonanimal, human-based education methods. Only one of the 17 Canadian pediatrics residencies continues to use animals: Laval University of Quebec. Dr. Pippin will submit a letter to Laval University Rector Denis Brière, Ph.D., to inform him of the news.
To interview Dr. Pippin, please contact Reina Pohl at 202-527-7326 or RPohl@PCRM.org.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.
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There was a time when it was believed that dolphins enjoyed swimming with humans. That might have been true when the animals were able to swim with someone by choice but being held captive to perform this kind of action is cruel and inhumane.
There also might have been a time when elephants would have helped a human by letting this person sit on their back. But being forced to carry tourists around has nothing to do with choice or pleasure or freedom.
And to believe that baby tigers would willingly leave their mothers to sit on a tourist’s lap is either very naive or worse.
Trip Advisor has listened. The company will stop supporting this kind of cruelty.
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You can write to Trip Advisor and tell them how much you appreciate their decision:
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There is strength in numbers. The more people sign petitions and speak up against animal cruelty, the better chances are that those involved will listen:
“TripAdvisor announced they will stop selling tickets to cruel wildlife experiences where tourists have direct physical contact with captive wild animals.
As the world’s largest travel site, the influence TripAdvisor has on the industry is immense and the impact they can have for animals is enormous. This is a significant step towards ending elephant rides, tiger selfies, swimming with dolphins and other forms of cruel tourist entertainment.
The power of the people
Over the past six months, more than 558,000 supporters across the world including around 70,000 Australians called upon TripAdvisor to stop profiting from the sale of tickets to cruel wildlife tourist attractions. And they listened!
In addition to ceasing the sale of tickets we will work with TripAdvisor as they establish an animal education portal on their website to help millions of tourists become aware of the cruelties wild animals face for tourism entertainment.
There is more work to be done
Sadly, however, certain venues that involve animal suffering where direct contact doesn’t occur will still be bookable via TripAdvisor or its Viator brand.”
There is more work to be done, so please keep spreading the word on animal awareness, thank you!
Even “hard core” carnivores might be tempted by this “meat”:
This sad news has just been released by the Center for Biological Diversity:
“More grim news out of Washington state: Snipers have killed four more wolves — three adults and a female pup. The Profanity Peak wolf pack family has been shattered, reduced to just one adult struggling to care for the four surviving four-month-old pups.
The killing of this pack — which, once it’s done, will have wiped out 12 percent of the wild wolves in the state — has been authorized by Washington’s wildlife agency despite evidence that a rancher placed his cattle right over the pack’s den. Robert Weilgus, director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University, told reporters that “This livestock operator elected to put his livestock directly on top of their den site; we have pictures of cows swamping it.” We can’t allow this kind of provocation to keep leading to state-sanctioned wolf slaughter.”
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Love pigs? No wonder when you read these fun facts, thanks to Animalista Untamed.
Well, if we’re going to be picky there are 11 faces, but who’s counting. Just enjoy! And send good vibes and prayers for Anita Krajnc facing trial tomorrow with a probable prison sentence if she is convicted. Compassion is not a crime.
With thanks to ChooseVeg.com for this beautiful little compilation of amazing piggy facts and adorable piggy faces
1. Pigs are considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world—even more intelligent than dogs—and are capable of playing video games with more focus and success than chimps!
2. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.
3. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
4. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!
5. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.
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