PETA Calls for State-of-the-Art Human Simulators for Medical Training, Not Outdated and Deadly Animal Labs

What:  A group of costumed PETA “pigs” will descend on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Conference to demand that RACS stop cutting into and killing pigs in trauma-training exercises for the Australian Defence Force. RACS cuts holes into the throats, chests and limbs of live pigs even though most other countries that teach the same trauma-training course have switched to superior human simulators, and Australian regulations require the use of non-animal training methods whenever available.

“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. “PETA’s message for the College of Surgeons’ conference is that that mutilating and killing pigs is no way to train surgeons to treat human patients.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – has offered to provide RACS with the popular TraumaMan simulator, 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. Studies show that doctors who learn life-saving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who cut open animals.

Where:  Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg streets, South Brisbane

When:  Tuesday, May 3, 12 p.m.

Your coverage is invited. RSVP to Claire Fryer on 0466 609474 or at [email protected].

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.