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Live Cats Used in Cruel Training Courses at Texas Tech
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has been buying live cats from Odessa, Texas, Animal Control for use in cruel medical training courses. PETA has filed a complaint with the university urging officials to replace the use of cats in this training with educationally superior medical simulation tools.
In training exercises led by TTUHSC faculty member James Heavner, cats are forced to undergo painful intubation procedures in which hard plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down their wind pipes by course participants. This can result in bleeding, swelling, scarring of the animals' throat tissue, collapsed lungs, and even death. In another procedure, the cats have air forced into their chest cavities so that course participants can repeatedly practice inserting a needle into the animals to remove the excess air.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, which sponsor the most widely taught pediatric life-support courses in the country, exclusively endorse the use of modern, human-like manikins, not live animals, for this kind of training. Join PETA in calling on Texas Tech to stop these cruel and outdated training procedures on cats.
Please contact Texas Tech University officials and urge them to stop these cruel training procedures on cats.