Stop Shoving Tubes Down the Windpipes of Cats

Target: Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University
Goal: Use medical simulators instead of live cats for medical training.

At Washington University in St. Louis, pediatrics residents use cats to learn how to insert a breathing tube in a human infant. They force long tubes down the cats’ windpipes, which can cause bruising, bleeding, scarring and intense pain. The cats will be abused again and again like this for years.

Washington University is the only civilian medical center training doctors that continues this inhumane practice.

What’s worse? They’re already using simulators elsewhere at Washington University! Yet, the pediatrics residency training courses refuse to stop using cats — it doesn’t make any sense!

Tell Washington University to put a stop to this cruel and inhumane practice before they can harm another cat.

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