Target: Speaker of Maryland House of Delegates Michael Erin Busch
Goal: End the use of medical training on live and dead animals at Johns Hopkins University.
The practice of using live or dead animals during medical training, especially surgical training, has almost been completely eradicated. However, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland still continues this practice. Maryland lawmakers have brought a bill to the House Health and Government Operations committee that would prohibit medical schools from using live or dead animals if an alternative method can be found. If a school breaks this law, a fine of $1,000 would be charged. Hopkins is the only medical school in Maryland that uses live animals to train doctors and is one of only two in the entire country. We must speak up now to demand that Maryland lawmakers pass this bill to stop the use of live or dead animals in medical training.
Hopkins defends its usage of live and dead animals by saying that the animals are used to teach students how to properly suture and how to tie knots. Almost every accredited medical school in Canada and the United States uses simulations or other alternatives to teach these same skills. Johns Hopkins has also stated that the university’s use of live animals is “rigorously reviewed” and complies with government policies, including U.S Department of Agriculture regulations. The university will continue to fight to use animals in these practices. Sign the petition below to urge lawmakers in Maryland to ban this atrocious practice.
Dear Speaker Busch,
The act of using animals in medical training is appalling, and it is animal abuse. It’s an old practice that has been disowned by every other medical university in Canada and the U.S. Even if Johns Hopkins University is complying with government policies, using live animals has become obsolete in this age of technology. Students can instead use online simulations to learn how to tie knots and how to properly suture a wound.
The proposed bill to ban medical training on live animals would greatly benefit the safety of these innocent creatures. By enforcing a fine, the university will be forced to adopt methods currently used by every other medical school. Many doctors, especially those that graduated from Hopkins, believes that the university should uphold its position as a leader in medical training and should attempt to be ahead of all the other medical schools.
The practice of live animal medical training is atrocious, sickening and cruel. So many actions are taken to prevent animal abuse in private households, so why shouldn’t a university feel the same amount of pressure? I ask that you please pass this bill and end the cruel practice of medical training on animals.
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