Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Action Alert


Dear PCRM supporter,

Please sign our petition asking Massachusetts General Hospital to end the cruel and outdated use of live sheep in its trauma training courses.

Later this month, PCRM physicians will lead an educational demonstration at Mass General in Boston to bring attention to this issue. Please sign this petition that our physicians will present to the hospital’s president.

At Mass General, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses typically involve cutting open live, anesthetized sheep and practicing procedures such as inserting a tube and needle into the animals’ chest cavities and cutting into their throats. After the training session, the animals are killed. Mass General continues this inhumane practice even though the American College of Surgeons has approved simulators for this training. The hospital even owns and uses one of the simulators to teach ATLS surgical skills to medical students—but it continues to use live sheep to teach the very same procedures to practicing physicians.

Please sign the petition and then forward this e-mail to your friends and family.

Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Best regards,
 Noah Gittell
Noah Gittell
Research and Education Programs Coordinator


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