Target: Carin Hagberg, M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Department of Anesthesiology Chair
Goal: Stop the University of Texas from using pigs when training new anesthesiologists
The University of Texas Health Science Center’s Department of Anesthesiology has been using live pigs to train their new anesthesiologists. Not only is it unethical to make the students train on pigs, it is also an ineffective way to teach students how to operate on people.
The use of animals in procedures that can cause serious harm is both unethical and unnecessary. Technology has gotten more sophisticated over the years, and there are now other procedures and inventions that have the ability to replicate the human body just as well as live animal, without needing to be performed on a living animal or human being.
For example, one innovation called the Centraline Man allows medical professionals and trainees to get the practice they need by using actual time ultra sound guidance during catheter placement. Not only does the machines provide a real working ultra sound, but it simulates real human tissues, too. Using this training tool would save the lives of hundreds of animals that are currently being used for training.
Please help end the use of animals for these training sessions. Anatomical and physiological differences between pigs and humans show that this type of training falls short of usual standards and needs to be changed. Please sign this petition to stop the abuse of animals at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Dear Carin Hagberg, M.D. UT Health Science Center at Houston Department of Anesthesiology Chair,
It has been reported that the University of Texas’ anesthesiologists have been using pigs to practice catheter training. We think that the use of animals for these types of procedures is cruel, irresponsible, and outdated. There is no need for the use of animals when there is equipment especially made for this type of training. By using new technological training innovations, the University of Texas health students can still receive the training they need without harming any animals.
As the chair of the department of anesthesiology, please provide the anesthesiologists with Centraline Man machines instead of animals. Since these machines are able to mimic elements of a real human body, it would be much more beneficial for your trainees to use them rather than live animals. Please end the use of pigs for training, and adopt more humane alternative training methods instead.
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