TODAY (Video): PETA Supporter Detained After Confrontation With UTHSC Chancellor Over Pig Mutilation Drills

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November 4, 2022

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Memphis, Tenn. – Earlier at the moment, a PETA supporter confronted College of Tennessee Well being Sciences Middle (UTHSC) Chancellor Peter Buckley at his meet-and-greet occasion on the C.P.J Mooney Memorial Library and urged him to finish the varsity’s invasive emergency medical coaching procedures on reside pigs. Earlier than being detained by police, the activist demanded that the chancellor compel the varsity to change to the superior, animal-free, human simulators used within the overwhelming majority of comparable emergency medical coaching drills worldwide. Images and video footage can be found right here.

The coaching classes in query contain inducing collapsed lungs, reducing into an artery to induce bleeding, and cracking open the ribs if resuscitating the pigs fails. The animals who survive the painful drills are killed.

The activist’s motion got here after greater than 87,000 PETA supporters wrote to management at UTHSC and its Faculty of Medication (UTCOM) to demand an finish to the mutilation of animals in emergency medical coaching. Amongst different marketing campaign actions, PETA despatched letters to Buckley and College of Tennessee (UT) System President Randy Boyd and a PETA consultant spoke on the UT Board of Trustees assembly on October 28. Emmy winner and star of Babe James Cromwell additionally despatched a letter to Buckley urging him to “finish this barbaric use of animals.” After listening to from PETA, UTCOM’s hospital accomplice, Erlanger Well being System, introduced a brand new coverage banning its workers—in addition to its emergency medevac supplier, LIFE FORCE—from collaborating within the live-animal medical coaching drills at UTCOM.

Earlier on February 4, Buckley replied to PETA in writing, saying that he would “verify into this going ahead,” however he has but to take motion to finish the maiming of pigs in these workouts.

“The College of Tennessee’s mutilation of delicate pigs in crude emergency medical drills is a bloody stain on its status,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA urges UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley to do proper by college students and animals by embracing superior, animal-free, human-relevant coaching strategies.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to experiment on”—factors to an inside e-mail it obtained wherein UTCOM management acknowledges that the general public’s discovery of its animal drills “will probably be very damaging to the Faculty of Medication and [its] credibility.”

PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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