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  • Writer's pictureGina Scrofano

Good News! Johns Hopkins University to Cease Use of Live Pigs in Medical Training

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced yesterday that live pigs will no longer be used for their student training.

Johns Hopkins offered a course in which students would operate on live, anesthetized pigs. Following the surgeries, the pigs would be euthanized.

However, due to the inhumane aspects, as well as the fact that using animals for medical training is non-essential in this day and age, the university has finally put an end to the course.

Director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine stated, "It is a tremendous relief to hear that Johns Hopkins University will finally begin using up-to-date, human-relevant methods to teach human medicine."

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is now the only remaining accredited medical school in North America that uses animals in medical education.

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