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Rhode Island: End to Medical Training Using Live Animals Proposed

Rhode Island: End to Medical Training Using Live Animals Proposed

Name: Use of Animals in Medical Training

Bill Number: S 2341

This bill would prohibit the use of live animals to teach medical procedures in a medical training program if at least one other accredited training program in the state in the same medical discipline does not use animals or if there is an alternative teaching method available. There are currently many alternatives available to meet the second criteria.

The use of live animals in medical training has been greatly reduced thanks to the development of sophisticated mannequins that mimic human functions, as well as technology such as cadaver tables that focus on using the human body to teach medical students anatomy and surgical skills.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

 

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Please support an end to the use of live animals for medical training

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to support S 2341, which would prohibit the use of live animals for medical training where an alternate teaching method is available. This bill would also require the replacement of live animals for training if at least one other accredited training program in the state in the same discipline does not use live animals for training.

The use of live animals for medical training no longer makes sense with advances in human simulators, which replicate human anatomy and allow for repetitive practice and data collection. These and many other human-based medical training methods not only save animal lives but are also more applicable to the real-life practice of medicine.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this bill to provide better training to medical students without harming animals.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]