01 December 2011

PCRM files complaint against the University of Virginia for live animal testing

The nonprofit group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a federal complaint on November 17 that states the University of Virginia is violating federal law by using live animals for testing.

John Pippin, PCRM’s Director of Academic Affairs, filed the complaint along with Josie Kinkade, MD, a local physician.

The federal complaint states that pediatric training through the University of Virginia involves live cats and the practice of repeatedly forcing a plastic tube through the mouth and into the windpipe. The cats used in this procedure often suffer tracheal bruising, bleeding, severe pain and risk of death. The University continues with this practice when they already own simulators that are approved for this training.

The complaint argues that the practice violates the Animal Welfare Act because a superior training method exists that could replace the use of live animals. It also states there is inadequate oversight in the approval of the training protocol by the school's animal care and use committee.

For copies of the federal complaint contact Dania DePas at 202-527-7382 or email at ddepas@pcrm.org.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
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