Target: University of Washington President Michael Young
Goal: Conduct medical training with human-based methods, rather than pigs
The majority of universities within the United States utilize human-based training methods for medical courses taught to students. Medical advancements for human-based training are astounding and include life-like anatomical human body simulators, which provide valuable insight for students training to save human lives. However, not every university is on track with this technology. The University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington still uses live pigs for medical training intended to help humans. Using pigs in place of human simulators is inhumane and largely ineffectual.
Pigs do not have the same anatomy as humans. In fact, pigs are so unlike humans that training students with a pig, instead of a human model, is nearly useless. Journalists addressing the UW training method express concern that the students are not receiving adequate practice and will not be as equipped to save lives, when the time comes. UW does possess a very life-like simulator, called the SimMan 3G. This amazingly life-like dummy is anatomically correct and even blinks and sheds tears freely. With a remarkable scientific model like the SimMan 3G, it is a wonder why UW still insists on using pigs as models. UW is the only university in the Pacific Northwest that uses live animals for paramedic training.
Paramedics in training need hands-on experience with situations they would deal with on the field. A pig’s anatomy does not offer this realism, setting the training paramedics at UW behind those at other universities. Not to mention, utilizing an animal for harmful medical experiments when a dummy is more effective is unethical. Urge UW to stop utilizing animals for its paramedic training, instead only training with SimMan 3G and other models of its kind.
Dear Michael Young,
The Animal Welfare Act states that there is no need to kill animals in the name of science when human-like models and other scientific advancements offer a superior experience in training. Mr. Young, the University of Washington is in direct violation of the Animal Welfare Act. In paramedic training at UW, students are required to practice surgical airway skills on live animals, mainly pigs. Abusing intelligent pigs this way is wholly unnecessary; UW owns the SimMan 3G, which offers extremely life-like training for students.
I urge you to stop scientific testing on animals, instead investing in more SimMan 3G models, or similar dummies. There is absolutely no need to put animals through painful testing in the name of science when the information yielded is useless, because humans and animals are not similar enough in anatomy or function. The students of the UW paramedic program are not receiving the same quality education they could elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, due to these useless animal policies.
Please stop abusing animals for no reason.
[Your Name Here]
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