Most folks have no idea that our own typically progressive, historic, iconic, and critically important University of Washington is still behind the times when it comes to animal experimentation and medical teaching. The UW uses many types of animals for research and teaching – even when more accurate and less cruel human simulations are available.
Current case in point: UW Medical School is still using real ferrets for endotracheal intubation training even tho 94% of US pediatrics residency programs now use non-animal methods. The UW also uses rabbits to teach about chest tube placement even when medical simulators are available. Most students and community members have no idea it is happening and if they do, they have no idea that there are viable, smart, affordable, non-animal alternatives.
“There are 186 pediatric residencies in the nation and the UW is one of only 11 that still use live animals.” – Alex Payan, Seattle Animal Defense League (SADL)
Local animal champion groups, NARN, and SADL are helping to educate students about these practices and making sure that the decision makers at the University know that people do not support unnecessary animal experimentation. But these animals need broader support and more people to speak out on their behalf before the UW will modernize its policies. This is where NARN and SADL could use your voice.
“We have been on campus at least once a week since October handing out fliers and gathering signatures and are having some pretty good responses.” – Alex Payan, SADL
Join them and many other local citizens to educate the student body, gather signatures, and speak out against needless cruelty on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 12 pm to 1:30. This is a very smart and kind way to use your lunch break, I’ll say. Whenever I think about how difficult being a demonstrator can be, I am inspired by my hero who said:
“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.”- George Bernard Shaw
To learn more about this campaign to end animal experimentation at the UW visit WashingtonDeservesBetter.org or get in touch with SADL at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t make it to the public demonstration, you can send an email via this form to let the school know that you’d like them to switch to more humane education methods.
All the details:
Facebook Event Page
Date: January 3, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: University of Washington
New to veganism and just learning about the cruel and erroneous use of animals in research, education, and product testing? Here are few resources you should check out:
- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: http://pcrm.org/research/
- In Defense of Animals: http://www.vivisectioninfo.org/
- Vegan Peace: http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/animal_testing.htm
- PETA: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/default2.aspx
And let me end this little post with a link to the most adorable ferret picture that ever existed. You are welcome. 🙂