An animal-rights group is calling for an investigation into the use of live pigs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, claiming the operations on the animals violate federal law. However, a USC spokesman said the school is in compliance with the law.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) said Thursday it will file a complaint with the US Department of Agriculture over USC’s emergency medicine training for graduate students. The group says the Columbia school has its students cut into live pigs to insert tubes, access the heart and perform various cardiac procedures. If the animals survive these procedures, they are killed before the final procedures are taught.
The group says federal regulations under the Animal Welfare Act require that instructors consider alternatives whenever its procedures would cause pain to animals for research purposes. PCRM opposes the use of live animals at all during emergency medicine training and has filed similar complaints across the country. [Read more…]