Stop Using Live Animals For Medical Training

Target: Jon L. Pryor, Hennepin County Medical Center CEO

Goal: Stop forcing live animals to undergo cruel and sometimes lethal surgeries for medical training purposes.

Hennepin County Medical Center uses hundreds of live sheep and rabbits each year for cruel emergency medical training. Each animal is forced to undergo numerous painful, lethal operations. Over the course of three years, the medical center has systematically sacrificed 450 sheep and 450 rabbits for this barbaric training ritual.

The culmination of the training procedures is a painful, prolonged death for the animal subject as it is tortured at the hands of doctors. Sheep are forced to undergo 20 operations, while rabbits undergo three. Operations inflicted on the hapless animal include skull drilling, draining fluid from organs, and inserting invasive breathing tubes. The life-saving operations for critically wounded humans take on a heinous cast in this horrific exercise in brutality.

This torture in the name of training is unnecessary and outdated. The Hennepin County Medical Center owns an advanced training simulator sufficient to replace live animals for training. The simulator uses human physiology for training, and does not involve hurting anything alive. Despite this in-house resource, the center willfully pushes onward with unnecessary abuse of live animals.

By signing the petition below, you will put pressure on Hennepin County Medical Center CEO John L. Proyer to discontinue the torture of live animals as subjects for medical training at his facility.


Dear Mr. Pryor,

The continuing use of live animals for training at your medical center is completely unacceptable. The use of live animals for medical training is outdated by the advanced simulation system that your medical center possesses. The 300 animals killed to teach medical training are unnecessary. Training on the simulator is considered to be more effective than training on live animals, and nothing gets hurt in a simulation. These slow-bleed deaths forced on sheep and rabbits at the hands of medical doctors is completely outdated in the modern age. The practice has stopped in the vast majority of the nation.

I am urging you to save the 900 live sheep and rabbits that will be killed over the course of a three year period. Please save these animals by using your advanced simulator for training.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  2. Morally wrong in every way to use animals the way humans do. Please song do this!!!

    • Experiment on criminals instead, that’s the least they deserve. Maybe this will bring the crime rate down.

      • I totally agree Shirley. It sickens me that animals are still used for ANY testing or experimentation, when there are a whole host of humans available. Testing should be done on human volunteers or criminals with voices, never those without any. Period.

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared

  4. This is just so unfair! they don’t deserve at all all of this! sheep, rabbits are so gentle!

  5. There is absolutely no need for this practice. Human doctors don’t need to learn comparative anatomy. However Vetrinarians are taught it. Where do they get their humans from?

  6. simon rickman says:

    Why are they still doing this horrendous torture when other valid options are readily available? Hell, they still make beagles inhale cigarette smoke when they know full well smoking kills people. Idiots.

  7. sabita patwardhan says:

    Signed and shared. Completely shitty, shitty people.

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