Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
PCRM Action Alert

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Dear PCRM supporter,

Later this week, North Dakota State University in Fargo will conduct a trauma training course in which live pigs are scheduled to have tubes and needles inserted into their chest cavities and hearts. Please tell the school that this needs to stop.

Please send an e-mail to Philip Boudjouk, Ph.D., North Dakota State University (NDSU) vice president for research, creative activities, and technology transfer. Under Dr. Boudjouk’s watch, NDSU was fined $12,000 for repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Ask him to replace the use of pigs in all Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses with validated nonanimal training methods. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals and improve medical education. Send an automatic e-mail.

Philip Boudjouk, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer
North Dakota State University
1735 NDSU Research Park Drive
P.O. Box 6050 - Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel.: 701-231-6542

While participants in the ATLS program at NDSU still use live pigs, 95 percent of such programs in the United States and Canada use only human-based medical simulators like the TraumaMan System. Tomorrow, PCRM will ask the governor of North Dakota to investigate NDSU’s repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and halt the ATLS program’s use of animals.

Please call or e-mail Dr. Boudjouk today and ask him to have NDSU join the majority of institutions that use only human-based trauma training methods.

Thank you for all of your help.

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


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