Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
PCRM Action Alert

Save Pigs from Future Trauma Training

Courses in North Dakota

Take Action Now!

Dear PCRM supporter,

We asked you to help save pigs scheduled to be killed in a trauma training course at North Dakota State University. More than 8,000 of you did your part and contacted the school’s president. Unfortunately, earlier this week, four pigs were unnecessarily killed in the course. But do not lose hope. We can ensure that no more animals are killed for this purpose.

Please call, e-mail, or write a letter to North Dakota State University (NDSU) provost and vice president R. Craig Schnell, Ph.D. Ask Dr. Schnell to do what the school’s president would not, and end the use of animals in all future Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. Then forward this message to your friends who care about animals. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals. Send an automatic e-mail.

R. Craig Schnell, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
North Dakota State University
Old Main 103
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-7131

Last month, PCRM obtained records through the North Dakota Open Records Law that prove that NDSU is partnering with MeritCare Hospital in Fargo to use live animals in its ATLS program.

On April 15, 2009, PCRM filed a complaint with NDSU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The complaint cites outdated and misleading information provided to the committee by the ATLS program director.

In addition, the complaint cites an ongoing survey by PCRM, which has so far received responses from 202 ATLS programs in the United States and Canada. The survey has found that 188 of those programs (more than 90 percent) exclusively use nonanimal models for instruction. The vast majority of those 188 programs exclusively use the TraumaMan System.

Learn more about the TraumaMan System. If you have any questions, please contact me at Thanks so much for your help!

Best regards,
 PCRM Manager of Humane Education Programs Ryan Merkley
Ryan Merkley
Manager of Humane Education Programs  

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