We urgently need your help to stop a live animal lab from taking place at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Ohio this month. The school plans on using pigs in its elective laparoscopy surgery lab. Pigs are highly intelligent, social, and sensitive animals. According to this recent article in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Case Western has stopped using live dogs, cats, and ferrets to teach surgery and other medical courses, and it also plans to stop using pigs—but not until the next academic year. Live animal laparoscopy labs are easily replaced by inexpensive, high-quality simulators. Please urge Case Western to discontinue its live animal lab program today. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Call Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., at 216-368-2825 and politely ask her to end the school’s live animal lab once and for all.
Send an automatic e-mail to Dr. Davis and politely ask her to end the school’s live animal lab program now.
Forward this e-mail to all of your friends and family in Ohio and ask them to take action, too.
Visit Save Case Western Animals for the most up-to-date information about our campaign to end Case Western’s pig lab.

Twenty years ago, live animals were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard lab involved anesthetizing the animal, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the animal was killed. Fortunately, times have changed. Only 10 out of 126 U.S. medical schools still use live animals in their curricula. In April 2007, the American Medical Student Association passed a resolution encouraging the replacement of live animal laboratories with non-animal alternatives in undergraduate medical education. And the American College of Surgeons no longer uses live animals in any of its own training exercises. Learn more about live animal labs.

Thank you so much for taking action to help save these pigs and reform medical education at Case Western. Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.