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 Public pressure is mounting to replace these outdated procedures with humane alternatives.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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February 9, 2015
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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.
December 17, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund commend the U.S. Senate for passing S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, by voice vote.
May 29, 2015
The Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center is scheduled to close on May 31.
July 26, 2013
An official ceremonial signing was held by Gov. Dannel Malloy for the passage of “An Act Concerning Dissection Choice,” a new law requiring schools to excuse any student from participating or observing the dissection of any animal as part of classroom instruction.
June 26, 2013
The National Institutes of Health announced its intention to retire the majority of the more than 350 government-owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuary.