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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.

John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs

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