Kinship Circle: ACT/ End Pig Labs At John Hopkins Medical School

April 9th, 2008 9:58 am by Kelly Garbato

You know, I just started reading The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history by John Barry (2005) – in no small part because the 1918 pandemic is heavily discussed in Michael Greger’s Bird Flu, which I highly recommend – and really found it quite ironical that John Hopkins was, at the turn of the century, considered the pioneer of secular, reason-based science. Now they’re one of the last holdouts on animal testing. Innovative, not so much.

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Subject: ACT/ End Pig Labs At John Hopkins Medical School

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Drs. Freischlag and Miller
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
720 Rutland Ave. # 925; Baltimore, MD 21205

Julie Freischlag M.D., Director, Department of Surgery – General Surgery
ph: 443-287-3497; fax: 443-287-3500; email: jfreisc1 [at] jhmi.edu

Edward D. Miller, M.D. Dean of Medical Faculty and Chief Executive Officer
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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am surprised to learn about the use of live pigs in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine third-year surgery rotation. John Hopkins is now the sole top-ranked U.S. medical school that incorporates animal experiments into its basic medical student curricula.

I respectfully ask you to join Stanford, Columbia, Duke, University of Pennsylvania and others among the 144 U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools that have discarded old-fashioned live animal labs.

I understand pigs are anesthetized and sliced open to teach surgical skills intended for humans. Upon conclusion, pigs are killed and discarded. While pigs and people share similar organs, each species is so diverse in terms of its anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics — animal studies have delayed progress and endangered public safety with misleading data.

It is irresponsible to rely upon animal research when simulators and other animal-free techniques now offer human-focused data and skills.

Research from U.S. and U.K. universities rates a pig’s intelligence as above that of a three-year-old child. Certainly, these sentient creatures endure pain, anxiety and fear as surgical “models” confined in laboratories.

Please terminate the use of live animals at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

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* Eliminate the Live Animal Lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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