Washington University: PETA Goes Undercover to Expose the "Cruel Cat Lab" (VIDEO)

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Inside a Wash. U. training program.
Is it necessary for Washington University to use live cats as part of a medical training program? That question was raised again last week when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" that gives viewers a look inside the medical school's practice of intubating anesthetized cats. Full footage is below.

"It's incredibly painful," Justin Goodman, director of laboratory investigations with PETA, tells Daily RFT. "Unskilled trainees [shove] hard, plastic tubes down a cat's very delicate throat."

The video evidence, PETA says, reveals that some cats were not even properly anesthetized and began to wake up during the procedure. And the group says that's just one more reason that this practice must end at Wash. U., which may be the only institution that still uses cats for this training.

Wash. U., however, defends the procedure -- arguing that it is proven to be safe for the cats and is a very valuable training method.

Here's the full video from PETA.

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The footage comes from a March training exercise at Wash. U.'s Pediatric Advanced Life Support, or PALS, course, which aims to teach participants about treatment for infants and children with impending respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest.

The course, Wash. U. says, is geared toward pediatricians, family physicians, paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists and other practitioners. It involves intubation training through "simulation mannequins."

And anesthetized cats.

"It's always horrible to see animals suffering," Goodman says. "But it's especially egregious to watch a university torment animals when there are superior methods available to meet their training objectives."

PETA has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging violations of the Animal Welfare Act as well as complaints with Wash. U. officials and the American Heart Association, which is the sponsor of the PALS course. The documents are on full view below.

A central argument of PETA, outlined in the USDA complaint, is that the American Heart Association makes clear that the practice of using cats is not necessary or preferred. The complaint includes an AHA statement saying, "The AHA does not require or endorse the use of live animals in any of its training courses." And in one e-mail exchange with PETA, an AHA official elaborates:

We do not endorse or require the use of animals during the AHA-PALS training because of advances and availability of simulation mannequins. These mannequins provide the opportunity to practice all the necessary skills required for successful completion of an AHA PALS course.

"If there's a superior method available," Goodman says, "it should be used.... It's a win-win."

Continue for more of PETA's complaints and a full response from Washington University.

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Elizabeth Durbin
Elizabeth Durbin

Both of my sisters ARE DOCTORS and neither one of them practiced on animals!!!! Wash u is the last university doing this!!!! (Besides military schools)

Holly Indence
Holly Indence

I still support Wash U, on this. The difference between a mannequin and a live patient is the possibility for movement. They need to be able to be prepared for those situations when the anesthesia is not working properly but intubation is needed. I would rather them have that first experience with a cat than my child.

Genevieve Renee
Genevieve Renee

I intubated a rabbit there, to learn. The animals were well taken care of, and all the staff and students treated to animals gently, and with respect.

Genevieve Renee
Genevieve Renee

Fuck PETA, they would rather kill the animals anyway. I would hope that medical students can successfully learn how to intubation infants and young children. Maybe soon they won't need to with the substitutes are available but this is NOTHING compared to far worse animal suffering going on in this world.

Karen Manfrede
Karen Manfrede

I'm no fan of PETA myself, but that does not make what Wash U is doing ok.

Lindsey Pandamonium
Lindsey Pandamonium

PETA is a little intense sometimes....but this is ridiculous. At this day and age, there are other ways to learn than on a live subject. HELLO?! They can digest computer imaged frogs in schools now versus the real thing Lets leave our house pets out this. Lets see how humane it is when you are shoving a tube down a screaming babies throat. Cause thats pretty much what they are doing. Doing experiments on helpless beings that have no control over their life. SICK I for one, would like to burn that shitty school down to the ground. No wonder so many house pets come up missing.......

Karen Manfrede
Karen Manfrede

Holly, the American Heart Association disagrees with you. They do not condone the use of cats for this purpose. It's medically better to use the infant simulators. There are only two schools left in the country that are still using cats (both military schools). Do you think Wash U knows better than all of the top medical schools and the AHA? Even people who are pro-animal experimentation are against this.

Holly Indence
Holly Indence

I LOVE animals, especially cats, but even Jane Goodall has said that while it is uncomfortable, it is necessary to use animals for medical training because it is even more unethical to just begin practicing on humans. We DO need to still be ethical in our treatment of animals used this way. I am sure the whole story is not shown in this video. I am sure mistakes are made. They are students LEARNING. Let them make their mistakes there and learn them before being released onto us!

Jack Tomberlin
Jack Tomberlin

Intubation should be practiced on real children!

potcallskettle
potcallskettle

Is this the same organization that has killed 1000s of perfectly healthy dogs and cats because of their insane desire to save every single one of them?  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.htmlhttp://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/petas-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-history-of-killing-animals/254130/.

PETA are the worst hypocrites in the world.  They make noise about animal cruelty but have no problem killing them when their philosophy reveals a stark contradiction with practicality.  Believe nothing these fake friends of animals have to say.

Brandie Recar
Brandie Recar

i dont agree with this, but i thought whistle-blowing was against the law now?

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