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1 June 2016

PETA Offers Free State-of-the-Art Human Simulators for Medical Training to Replace Cruel and Outdated Animal Labs

A costumed PETA “pig” today hand delivered a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the headquarters of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) that calls for an end to live-animal trauma training for the Australian Defence Force and civilian surgeons attending Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) training courses. RACS continues to cut open live pigs even though most other countries have switched to human simulators and Australia requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever available.

“More than 100,000 people are demanding that the College of Surgeons stop mutilating live pigs and switch to the superior simulators used around the world”, says PETA Australia Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “PETA took this message straight to the college’s doorstep in the hope that they will take up our offer to provide human simulators free of charge.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – has offered to provide RACS with free TraumaMan simulators at all facilities providing its EMST courses. TraumaMan is a popular tool designed specifically for this training that replicates a breathing, bleeding human torso, complete with realistic layers of skin and tissue, ribs and internal organs. Studies show that doctors who learn lifesaving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who cut open animals.