Rhode Island: End the Use of Animals in Medical Training

Rhode Island: End the Use of Animals in Medical Training

Name of Bill: Relating to Animals and Animal Husbandry – Animal Care – Use of Animals in Medical Training

Bill Number: SB 278/HB 5295

PigUsing animals for medical training is outdated, unnecessary and no longer considered the most effective way to train physicians. Almost every emergency program in the nation has ended this practice. Multiple studies have shown that medical training simulators improve skill acquisition and retention. Some simulators feature flowing blood, breakable bones, and layers of skin, muscle, and fat. All of these devices are more appropriate for teaching emergency procedures than animals are. Even so, medical programs in Rhode Island continue to use and kill animals to train doctors.

SB 278 and its companion bill HB 5295 would modernize medical training in Rhode Island and make it more human relevant. These bills would prohibit a medical training program from using live animals if another accredited training program in the same medical discipline does not use animals or if an alternative teaching method exists.

 

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Please Sponsor SB 278/HB 5295 to Save Animals from Medical Training

Dear [Decision Maker],

Using animals for medical training is outdated, unnecessary and no longer considered the most effective way to train physicians. Almost every emergency program in the nation has ended this practice. Multiple studies have shown that medical training simulators improve skill acquisition and retention. Some simulators feature flowing blood, breakable bones, and layers of skin, muscle, and fat. All of these devices are more appropriate for teaching emergency procedures than animals are. Even so, medical programs in Rhode Island continue to use and kill animals to train doctors.

Newly introduced legislation, SB 278 and its companion bill HB 5295, would modernize medical training in Rhode Island and make it more human relevant. These bills would prohibit the use of live animals for the training of students, residents or physicians if at least one other related program in the state uses nonanimal methods or if an alternative option exists.

These bills would address not only the substandard animal-based training occurring in these programs, but would also ensure that Rhode Island is a leader in ethical, human-relevant medical training.
Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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