Tell the University of Washington: Stop Hurting Animals!

Countless cats, ferrets and rabbits are suffering because at least 11 U.S. pediatrics residency programs, including that of the University of Washington (UW), use animals rather than superior, cruelty-free alternatives to train doctors.

The cats, ferrets and rabbits used in these training exercises have a long tube jammed into their windpipes through their tiny mouths, which often results in bruising, bleeding, scarring, collapsed lungs and severe pain. They'll be abused again and again until they're too injured to be of use.

We don't have to choose between training on animals and children's health: Studies show doctors who train with simulators have a better success rate when performing procedures on real babies than doctors who train using animals.

Residents at UW, trained with ferrets, can get a better education by using widely available human-based simulators. Tell UW to stop using living, breathing animals in their courses.
Dear Dean Paul Ramsey, M.D.,

Please replace the use of ferrets in your pediatrics residency program. I urge you to switch to superior, cruelty-free nonanimal education methods immediately before another animal is harmed for no good reason. As the dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, the fate of these animals is in your hands. Please act wisely and compassionately. Thank you!

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