PETA Poster Calls for State-of-the-Art Human Simulators for Medical Training, Not Archaic and Deadly Animal Labs

Melbourne – The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has continued to cut into and kill pigs in trauma-training exercises for the Australian Defence Force despite the availability of modern simulators. That’s why PETA Australia is running a thought-provoking new ad (available here) at the tram station near the RACS head office that shows a pig’s face above the words, “College of Surgeons: Cut Cruelty, Not Animals”.

“Australia’s surgeons should have access to the same gold-standard human-patient simulators that benefit other medical personnel around the world”, says PETA Australia Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “Mutilating and killing pigs is no way to train surgeons to treat human patients, and PETA’s tram stop ad takes that message straight to the College of Surgeons’ doorstep.”

RACS continues to cut holes into the throats, chests and limbs of live pigs even though most other countries that teach the same trauma training course – and even several sites in Australia – have switched to superior human simulators that have been approved internationally since 2001 as full replacements for animal use. Australian regulations require the use of non-animal training methods whenever available.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – has offered to provide RACS with the popular TraumaMan simulator, free of charge, which is designed specifically for this training and replicates a breathing, bleeding human torso, complete with realistic layers of skin and tissue, ribs and internal organs. This system is more portable, less costly and reusable – unlike animal-based exercises – and studies show that doctors who learn life-saving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who cut up animals.

PETA Australia’s ad will run until 15 May. For more information, please visit