Ban the Torture of Live Animals in Medical Training

Target: James Hicks, Dean of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Goal: Stop cruel medical training on live animals and switch to humane alternatives.

An elite medical school has stopped using live animals to train students, but the last U.S. university to still practice these cruel teaching methods refuses to stop. John Hopkins University has become the latest medical school to drop live animal training from its curriculum, leaving the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as the last medical school in North America still torturing sentient beings when humane alternatives exist.

All but one of the 197 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada have now banned the use of live animals to teach students. Human simulators that breathe, blink, bleed and have lifelike skin and organs are now widely used to teach future doctors, yet the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga continues to make students perform surgeries on live pigs. This practice is not only an outdated and inefficient teaching method, as pigs and humans have different anatomies, it is also incredibly cruel. Pigs are sentient and intelligent animals who do not exist for our purposes, yet this university continues to use and discard them like objects, making them suffer unnecessary surgeries before killing them.

Sign this petition urging this university to follow in the footsteps of all other medical schools that have banned this cruel and archaic practice and switch to non-cruel alternatives.


Dear Mr. Hicks,

You are certainly aware that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is now the very last medical school in North America to still perform cruel surgical training on live pigs. John Hopkins University has become the latest school to ban the outdated, inefficient and inhumane practice of training students on live animals when far superior alternatives exist.

All other 196 accredited medical schools in North America now use human simulators to train their students. Pigs, like other animals, are sentient beings who do not exist for our purposes. Please stop forcing countless pigs to suffer and die needlessly.

I urge you to drop archaic live animal training in favor of more efficient and humane teaching tools.


[Your Name Here]

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