Friday, July 24, 2009
Cats are playful and adorable companions who love to snuggle up in their guardians' laps and show their appreciation for being loved and protected by letting out a soft purr. If you share your home with a furry feline or two, you know how soothing and relaxing this time spent together can be. Unfortunately, many cats don't have this opportunity to give and feel love because they are used in horrific training exercises at some medical facilities across the country.
Healthy, energetic cats—and in some cases young kittens—have plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their small, sensitive windpipes during intubation training exercises. This cruel practice can cause bleeding, swelling, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death. And these initially healthy cats are sometimes killed at the end of the training session or used in other painful experiments.
Facilities that continue to use these adorable felines for such training purposes are acting against the advice of prominent medical organizations. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exclusively endorse the use of humanlike manikins in their neonatal and pediatric life support courses (both of which include intubation training).
However, despite pressure from PETA (and ignoring the many alternatives that are available), some institutions continue to hurt and kill healthy cats in their cruel intubation training exercises. Please take a minute to contact each of the institutions listed below and tell them to stop these horrid exercises on innocent cats and kittens immediately.
Tell These Institutions to Stop Torturing Cats
Contact St. Louis Children's Hospital Now!
Contact Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Now!
Contact Heartland Regional Medical Center Now!
Victory is possible! PETA has successfully worked with facilities around the country to replace the use of animals in intubation training and thanks to the thousands of compassionate people who took action, the University of Connecticut Health Center has confirmed that is has ended the use of animals in cruel, outdated medical training exercises. By making your voice heard, you can help end the suffering of helpless cats across the country.