Stop Abuse of Pigs in University Medical Training

pig vivisection

Target: University of Toledo’s President, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs

Goal: Stop the unnecessary abuse of pigs in medical training at the University of Toledo

Animal testing in medical laboratories of universities is becoming less prominent, thanks to technological advances that act as accurate human counterparts. However, there are some universities that insist on using animals for medical training, even though effective counterparts exist. The University of Toledo in Ohio uses a handful of Yorkshire pigs annually for its students’ medical training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has filed a formal complaint against the University of Toledo, stating that the university is violating the Animal Welfare Act.

The Animal Welfare Act states that, if effective, non-animal medical training methods exist then these alternatives must be used. The PCRM insists that medical training alternatives exist that are not only cruelty-free, they are also more effective than testing on pigs. In defense of its cruelty, the University of Toledo claims that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has visited its testing facility and found that the program was in compliance with federal law. The University of Toledo does not give an excusable reason for its animal testing. The university refuses to admit that its abuse is archaic and unnecessary.

The PCRM is correct when it states that effective alternatives exist. The University of Toledo is failing to justify its use of pigs during medical training and is, therefore, breaking the law. According to the PCRM, the university is one of only 18 emergency medical programs that still use animals for medical training. It is time for the University of Toledo to stop abusing animals under the guise of medical advancement. Sign this petition to support the PCRM in its fight to stop the University of Toledo from abusing any more pigs.


Dear Dr. Jacobs,

The University of Toledo practices archaic and unnecessary medical procedures. Using Yorkshire pigs in place of simulation for training its emergency doctors is consistent with animal cruelty, because more efficient alternatives exist. I am writing in favor of PCRM’s investigation into the legality of Toledo’s use of animals for medical testing. Dr. Jacobs, advancements exist that are more efficient and cruelty-free.

Needle chest compression; throat, chest and bone incisions: these practices could easily be practiced on objects that are not sentient, that do not have to be sedated to perform such procedures. There is no reason to use pigs for medical testing. Using animals for medical procedures is not advancement; it is archaic.

I urge you to stop abusing animals under the guise of medical advancements. Toledo is one of only 18 emergency medical programs that utilize animals for medical training. It is time to evolve and stop abusing animals.


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One Comment

  1. It’s time to STOP using and abusing animals for medical “research”. There are alternative methods that do not use or harm any animals. Please evolve and use these methods. Thank you.

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