A goat is deliberately shot and then treated by military personnel, a healthy dog is operated on and killed by veterinary students—inhumane procedures exactly like these are routinely carried out in the name of medical training. Public pressure is mounting to replace these outdated procedures with humane alternatives.
Every year, thousands of healthy dogs, cats, pigs, goats and other animals are intentionally injured or cut open and then killed by the U.S. military and medical and veterinary schools. Even some medical device companies operate on and later kill animals during shameless marketing demonstrations.
These archaic medical training procedures are carried out despite the existence of sophisticated humane alternatives, such as TraumaMan System®, a life-like mannequin used to practice first-aid and surgery. The development of technologies like these has made it increasingly difficult for institutions to defend the harming and killing of live animals for medical training.
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News & Events
June 20, 2012
The HSVMA applauds the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine for recently revising its surgery curriculum to include a partnership with a local humane society.
April 20, 2012
Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States Applaud Major Reduction in Animal Experimentation in India
Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States welcome a decision by India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests to require the use of modern, non-animal tools in place of dissections and live animal experiments for biomedical education and research, with the exception of new molecular research.
October 19, 2011
The U.S. Army has announced that live monkeys will be replaced with humane non-animal alternatives in future chemical warfare trainings. More than 1,000 HSUS supporters contacted the Army urging that the use of monkeys be stopped.
August 29, 2011
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle discusses developing alternative methods to replace animals in harmful research and testing.
January 22, 2013
Expert Advisory Panel Confirms Chimpanzee Retirement from Laboratories to Sanctuary is the Way Forward
The HSUS commends the expert recommendations proposed to the National Institutes of Health by its independent advisory body, the Council of Councils, regarding chimpanzee research and retirement.
January 9, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States applauds Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Foster City, Calif., for agreeing to not use chimpanzees for research and development.
December 27, 2012
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle reveals The HSUS' list of top animal stories covered by the news media in 2012.
December 20, 2012
HSI/Canada Celebrates Canadian Transportation Agency Decision Confirming Air Canada’s Right to Refuse Shipments of Primates for Research
Humane Society International/Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada and Justice for Animals welcome a ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency, confirming the right of Air Canada to refuse the live shipment of primates destined for laboratories, where they would be for toxicity testing, research or other harmful laboratory experiments.