Dear PCRM supporter,
We need your help to stop the killing of goats by University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Please ask UTMB to end the use
of animals in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training today.
In ATLS courses at UTMB, each
participant is required to perform numerous invasive procedures on live goats,
and the goats are killed at the end of the training. Nonanimal training
methods are widely used in nearly all other accredited ATLS programs, making
this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary and even substandard.
So far, the responsible UTMB faculty and administrators have
refused pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail medical school dean
Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., and ATLS course director William Mileski, M.D., and urge them to end this cruel and
unnecessary practice. Send an automatic e-mail.
Simulab’s TraumaMan System, a realistic anatomical human
body simulator with lifelike human skin, fat, and muscle and approved by the
American College of Surgeons, is used by the great majority of ATLS programs for
this type of training. UTMB even owns a TraumaMan System but refuses to use it
for ATLS training.
Ninety-eight percent of ATLS programs in the United States
and Canada do not use animals. It is time for UTMB to join the majority. Please
e-mail Drs. Jacobs and Mileski today
and ask them to replace the use of animals in the University’s ATLS courses.
Thank you for your help.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs