‘Your Mom Is Not a Pig’ Warns Mississippi Newspaper Ad
PCRM’s “Your Mom Is Not a Pig” newspaper ad warned Jackson, Miss., residents that the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s recent use of animals for medical student training is substandard. The ad was part of a month-long series that PCRM ran in the Jackson Free Press throughout January.
Medical training at UMC involves cutting into live, anesthetized pigs and performing cardiovascular procedures. Students place catheters in the veins of the pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students then open the pigs’ chest cavities and manipulate the hearts. After the training, the animals are killed.
Ninety-eight percent of U.S. and Canadian medical schools exclusively use nonanimal education methods. UMC currently operates a simulation center and could immediately replace its use of animals immediately.
To ask UMC to stop using pigs for medical education, visit JacksonTakeAction.org.