Kinship Circle: LETTER / Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.

May 26th, 2007 4:37 pm by Kelly Garbato

See also: IDA: Protest Hartford Hospital’s Live Pig Trauma Lab.

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Date: May 26, 2007 3:48 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.

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5/26/07: Hartford Hospital: Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Justin Goodman, justin_goodman [at] sbcglobal.net

Detailed info about Hartford Hospital campaign: http://www.uchckillsmonkeys.com/harthosp

Pigs As `Patients’ Draws Protest / Animal Rights Activists Decry Surgical Training Program

Advanced Trauma Operative Management
http://www.harthosp.org/ATOM/index.asp

Surgery trainees/practitioners manage 14 traumatic injuries in live pigs (right column, page 472)
http://www.uchckillsmonkeys.com/jacobs_atom_2003.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture documents (see page 5)
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/7023/2005/2005Connecticut.pdf

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Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Dr. John Meehan, President and CEO
ph: 860 545-2100; email: meehan [at] harthosp.org

Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, Director, Trauma Program/ATOM
ph: 860 545-3112; email: ljacobs [at] harthosp.org

Liz Pelletier, Animal Research Facility Manager/IACUC member
ph: 860-545-3164; email: epellet [at] harthosp.org

Dr. Laurine Bow, Director, Research Program
email: lbow [at] harthosp.org

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meehan [at] harthosp.org, epellet [at] harthosp.org, lbow [at] harthosp.org, ljacobs [at] harthosp.org

Dear Drs. Meehan, Bow, Jacobs and Ms. Pelletier:

I am dismayed to learn Hartford Hospital incorporates live pig labs for surgery trainees and practitioners in its monthly Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) program. I understand animals undergo 14 artificially induced injuries, including traumatic puncture wounds to the bowel, bladder, kidney, ureter, pancreas, duodenum, stomach, diaphragm, liver, inferior vena cava, spleen and heart.

The five pigs utilized in each 3-hour lab either die during the drills or are destroyed upon conclusion. U.S. Department of Agriculture documents show Hartford Hospital routinely constrains more than 100 pigs for ATOM exercises, along with mice, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and sheep for use in other experiments.

I respectfully ask you to join over 95% of American medical schools that no longer use animals in surgical training. Most Advanced Trauma Life support courses have discarded live animal labs and the American College of Surgeons has removed animal experimentation from its surgery curriculum.

Surgery upon distressed animals delays knowledge pertinent to human health. While pigs and people share similar organs, each species is so diverse in terms of its anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics — animal studies have endangered public safety with misleading data.

Moreover, researchers cannot separate the effects of stress hormones from the process under analysis. Findings published in Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science (Autumn 2004) reveal animals display quantifiable stress reactions to routine laboratory practices. These stress effects can influence the researcher’s understanding of scientific discovery.

It is unethical to rely upon old-fashioned animal research when so many human-applicable, non-animal methods are now available. Research from U.S. and U.K. universities reveals a pig’s intelligence level as above a three-year-old child. Certainly, these bright, sentient creatures experience great pain and suffering as surgical “models” confined in laboratories.

Please terminate the use of live animals in surgical courses at Hartford Hospital. Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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