Success: Live Animals No Longer Used for Trauma Training

Target: Professor David Watters, President and Chair of Council and Executive of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Goal: Praise the decision to end the use of live animals for trauma training.

For years, live animals were used to train health professionals on how to handle traumatic injuries. Animals used for trauma training would often have limbs hacked off and holes cut into their bodies. Thankfully, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons listened to concerned citizens and read countless petitions, such as this one on ForceChange, and will no longer use live animals for their Early Management of Severe Trauma Course.

The course will now be using high-tech human simulators that have realistic organs, bones and layers of skin. The simulators even replicate normal human breathing and bleeding. Not only are these simulators much more ethical than using live animals, but they are also more cost-effective.

Sign this petition to praise the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for making this compassionate change.


Dear Mr. Watters,

Recently, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons made the compassionate choice to no longer use live animals for the Early Management of Severe Trauma Course. This will spare countless lives from unnecessary pain and death.

Instead of live animals, the course will now utilize high-tech human simulators that not only have realistic layers of skin, internal organs, and bones, but the simulators also mimic human breathing and bleeding. They are amazing learning tools that are more ethical and more cost-efficient.

Thank you for deciding to make this change and saving countless lives from this unimaginable pain and death. I can only hope more countries follow in your footsteps.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Nick Saltmarsh



  2. I can hardly believe they were using this horrifying method – TORTURING animals, including sometimes HACKING OFF THEIR LIMBS – to teach “health professionals”!!! OMG!! Please tell me this is not a recent happening but only a stone-age myth!

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