Tulane Has Suspended, Not Stopped, Using Pigs In Its Emergency-Training Program

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A health-advocacy group was premature when it announced that Tulane University had stopped using pigs in a program to train doctors about emergency and trauma procedures.

The use of pigs has merely been suspended during the renovation of Tulane's animal facility, Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker said, and will resume when that job is completed late this year or early next year.

"We haven't stopped using pigs," he said.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which sent out a news release announcing the change, had been lobbying the university since 2007 to stop using the animals and let residents and local doctors train with robots programmed to mimic human conditions.

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