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 October 2009 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  

News and Campaign Updates

sheepVictory for Sheep in Minnesota, Pigs in New Jersey
A nonanimal training movement is revolutionizing medical training. Last month, the University of Minnesota Medical School announced that it will stop using sheep in its emergency medicine clerkship. And the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ended a trauma training course that used and killed live, anesthetized pigs to practice surgical procedures. Oct. 15 Demonstration >

Dorothy HamillDorothy Hamill's and Patrick Swayze’s Cancer Battles Raise Prevention Awareness
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And in a new Cancer Project public service announcement, Olympic figure skater and breast cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill encourages people to eat a plant-based diet to protect themselves from the deadly disease. Several other new Cancer Project resources also demonstrate how a low-fat, vegetarian diet fights breast cancer and other forms of the disease. Remembering Patrick Swayze > 

chimpanzeeU.S. Chimpanzees Could Go Dutch
In 2002, the Netherlands prohibited future biomedical research on chimpanzees and began releasing them into sanctuaries. Congress now has an opportunity to do the same for U.S. chimpanzees. But the Great Ape Protection Act needs more congressional co-sponsors. PCRM asked you to urge your representatives to join the dozens already co-sponsoring the bill. The bill has 69 co-sponsors, but it needs another 31.  PCRM Visits Netherlands >

girl with appleIt's Not Business as Usual for School LunchesBusiness news is bleak. The jobless rate is rising. Toyota’s recalling millions of cars. But in some sectors, businesses have a healthy outlook: They are helping gather signatures for PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch petition. Iowa Musicians Help > 

mouseMillions of Animals Saved from Chemical Toxicity Tests
PCRM recently joined several organizations to save 4.5 million animals from toxicity testing. The groups persuaded the European Chemicals Agency to take action that prevents these animals from dying in long-term chemical-poisoning tests. And in the United States last week, the Environmental Protection Agency also announced chemical safety reform. But without your input, the U.S. plan will not improve public health or animal protection. Contact Your Congressperson >

Alicia SilverstoneSee Alicia Silverstone’s ‘Off-Broadway’ Vegan Cooking Demo
Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone will appear on Broadway this winter. But on Oct. 10, fans in New York can see her perform in a more intimate space. Silverstone will give a culinary demonstration of recipes from her new book, The Kind Diet, and share tips on how to transform from vegan “flirt” to “superhero.” Order Tickets >


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