Tell University to Stop Mutilating Pigs

Pigs continue to suffer heinous trauma trainings at the University of Michigan

Target: Robert Neumar, Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Michigan

Goal: Replace live pigs in trauma modules with human simulators

The University of Michigan continues to mutilate pigs in the Survival Flight training Program despite the availability of human simulators. Pigs have holes cut into their legs, necks, chests, and abdomens in order for trainees to practice their trauma skills. The University already has several human simulators in the medical department after replacing the live cats they previously used in intubation trainings. Please tell The University of Michigan is it unnecessary and inappropriate for pigs to continue to suffer this torment and abuse when there are already human simulators in the department that have proven to be more effective than live animal models.

Pigs suffer through training modules that involve students stabbing needles into their bones and hearts, cutting holes into their legs and throats, and a conducting a myriad of other torturous, callous experiments. Pigs continue to suffer egregious cruelty despite the availability of human simulators already located within the department. Other programs at The University of Michigan use human simulators instead of sacrificing innocent animals, yet the Flight Survival Program continues to abuse live pigs in student training. Studies by leading medical professionals have shown human simulators to be more accurate than live animals in all medical training programs.

Despite the availability of human simulators and evidence based research showing their effectiveness, the University of Michigan continues to painfully mutilate sensitive, innocent pigs. Please tell the University of Michigan to end their senseless reign of terror on these gentle, intelligent animals. Insist the University of Michigan replace live pigs with the human simulators they previously acquired in all training programs.


Dear Robert Neumar,

I was deeply saddened when I learned that the Survival Flight Program continues to torture pigs in trauma training’s at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan has already successfully replaced other animal studies in the medical department with more accurate human simulators. Please follow suit and discontinue the use of live animals in all training programs.

During trauma training exercises in the Survival Flight Program at the University of Michigan, students cut holes into the limbs, and necks of pigs, they stab needles into the pigs’ hearts and bones, and perform a myriad of other painful, unnecessary experiments. These torturous trainings continue to be performed despite the availability of human-patient simulators already located within the department. Leading medical experts have proven human simulators to be superior to live animal subjects in all area’s of medical testing.

There is no ethical or medical advantage that justifies the continued, heinous suffering of these gentle creatures. Seeing much success in the use of simulators in other medical programs at the University of Michigan, it is time for the Survival Flight Program to adopt the same humane standards. Please endorse an animal free teaching policy and replace all live animals with these human simulators in the Survival Flight Program at the University of Michigan.


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Photo Credit: Piglet at Chatsworth House via Flickr

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  1. Kenzi Gurlie says:

    This is an unnecessary exercise.

  2. I doubt this will do any good. They went from cats to pigs. As soon as they stop with pigs they’ll go to monkeys or dogs or goats or whatever the ***k they think is acceptable. They are obviously too stupid to understand the point.

  3. J Davidson says:

    Study war no more.

  4. pigs are the 3rd most intelligent land animals!!!! how could you????Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”

  5. Linda Bowman says:

    Why are they allowed to put animals through this I am totally against any type of torture like has been described in this I do not understand why they can’t see the harm in what they are doing this is where all of the bad drugs come from and the surgical mistakes they are being sued for right as I speak when will they learn animal cruelty is not the way to go I am sorry to see they don’t care.

  6. Disgraceful, barbaric and so very unnecessary in this day and age; this must stop

  7. Pat Wheeldon says:

    A disgrace … horrific … give me a break! This is 2013 … and this is supposed to be an Institute of higher learning … what a disgusting cruel place this is… the world is watching! from Australia

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