Dear friend of PCRM,
I am thrilled to announce that the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has taken a major step toward modernizing medical education by passing a resolution encouraging the replacement of live animal laboratories with non-animal alternatives in undergraduate medical education. Now we need your help to bring this resolution to the attention of the 14 remaining schools that still use live animals.
AMSA amended its official position regarding alternatives to animal laboratories from a statement that the organization urges that alternative educational materials, such as films, videotapes and computer simulations be provided for students who do not choose to attend these classes and labs (1986), to AMSA strongly encourages the replacement of animal laboratories with non-animal alternatives in undergraduate medical education.
The resolution also states that AMSA condemns the use of household pets from pounds, shelters, or Class B random source dealers. This replaces a position taken by AMSA in 1986, in which the group endorses pound seizure.
AMSA, which has a membership of 65,000, including medical students, premedical students, interns, and medical residents, is part of a growing trend promoting the use of alternatives to live animal labs. In fact, more than 85 percent of U.S. medical schools have eliminated the use of live animals to teach basic concepts in human physiology, pharmacology, and/or surgery. Even the American College of Surgeons no longer uses live animals in any of its own training exercises.
Over the past two decades, PCRM has been working hard to end the use of animals in medical education. You can help support PCRMs ongoing efforts to end live animal labs by making an online donation today. Thanks to generous contributions from our supporters, we have been able to educate thousands of medical students and school administrators about the ethical and educational advantages of using non-animal alternatives.
Neal Barnard, M.D.