Ban the Torture of Live Animals in Medical Training


Target: James Hicks, Dean of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Goal: Stop cruel medical training on live animals and switch to humane alternatives.

An elite medical school has stopped using live animals to train students, but the last U.S. university to still practice these cruel teaching methods refuses to stop. John Hopkins University has become the latest medical school to drop live animal training from its curriculum, leaving the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as the last medical school in North America still torturing sentient beings when humane alternatives exist.

All but one of the 197 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada have now banned the use of live animals to teach students. Human simulators that breathe, blink, bleed and have lifelike skin and organs are now widely used to teach future doctors, yet the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga continues to make students perform surgeries on live pigs. This practice is not only an outdated and inefficient teaching method, as pigs and humans have different anatomies, it is also incredibly cruel. Pigs are sentient and intelligent animals who do not exist for our purposes, yet this university continues to use and discard them like objects, making them suffer unnecessary surgeries before killing them.

Sign this petition urging this university to follow in the footsteps of all other medical schools that have banned this cruel and archaic practice and switch to non-cruel alternatives.


Dear Mr. Hicks,

You are certainly aware that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is now the very last medical school in North America to still perform cruel surgical training on live pigs. John Hopkins University has become the latest school to ban the outdated, inefficient and inhumane practice of training students on live animals when far superior alternatives exist.

All other 196 accredited medical schools in North America now use human simulators to train their students. Pigs, like other animals, are sentient beings who do not exist for our purposes. Please stop forcing countless pigs to suffer and die needlessly.

I urge you to drop archaic live animal training in favor of more efficient and humane teaching tools.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Marion West says:

    Absolutely barbaric and disgusting. Those poor animals don’t deserve to be treated like this.

  2. Linda Barnett says:

    This practice is inexcusable and totally unacceptable. An immediate ban must be enforced without question. No living creature should ever be subjected to barbaric so called “medical training”. This is the 21st century NOT the dark ages! Such ignorance is unacceptable.

  3. Bev Woodburn says:

    I pray these vile and evil heartless bastards die an agonizing death who allow torture in their University of horror and terror committed against innocent and helpless pigs and what ever innocent animals they torture to death.
    They must be brought to Justice and charged with deliberate animal torture and suffering. Jail the monsters. It,s about time these monsters were experimented on and see how they like dying in agony.
    Absolutely sickening and unforgivable.

  4. Selfish humans have no love at all for all the lovely innocent animals!! Sick n tired with human kind!! This MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY !!! SHAME ON U SINFUL HUMAN !!

  5. Carol Mccracken says:

    The consumption of meat is one thing, but performing surgeries on these animals in order to so called “teach students” is obsired. There are plenty of rapist, murders, and pedophiles that could be used as an alternative, we don’t due to that because it is considered unethical. So why do it to pigs? If this is necessary, then humanely euthanize them first.

  6. This cruelty to animals must come to a STOP, esp. in this day & age — there are in existence alternative non-lethal, humane methods (used by many reputable institutions) for research & study NOT using animals — what’s more, these experiments on animals are useless & impractical — they benefit no one, not humans, not animals — STOP inflicting your sadistic & unconscionable cruelty on these sentient beings.

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