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Help stop the mutilation and killing of dogs!

his year, students will cut holes into the necks of thousands of dogs, pigs, goats, and sheep, stab the sacs surrounding the animals’ hearts with needles, and cut into their abdomens with scalpels before finally killing them. These horrors have long been standard practice in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses around the world—but with the help of caring supporters, PETA is working to put an end to these archaic exercises and prevent countless animals from being mutilated and killed. 

Your generous gift right now will immediately strengthen our vital work to save animals from misery and abuse in classrooms and anywhere else cruelty occurs. 

Thanks to the hard work of PETA and other animal advocates, nearly every facility in the U.S. and Canada that once required ATLS students to cut into the throats, abdomens, and limbs of live animals has stopped doing so in favor of human simulators that studies have repeatedly shown teach surgical skills better than animal laboratories. But even with so much tremendous progress in North America over recent years, animals in many countries continue to be stabbed and cut into by doctors, nurses, and EMTs in trauma training programs. 

In some of these countries, stray dogs are dragged away from alleys and roadsides and taken to filthy rooms, where they often receive inadequate anesthetics before suffering tremendously as they’re cut open and killed. Homeless dogs aren’t the only animals being harmed, as pigs, goats, and sheep are also cut into during these courses. 

Many nations that still use these archaic methods to train students in ATLS courses continue to do so simply because they don’t have the financial means to switch to human simulators. In 2012, a surgeon in Egypt contacted PETA for help in making the transition from live animals to human simulators in the course that he taught, because students were so uncomfortable with harming animals. With animals’ lives on the line, PETA rushed to donate the simulators that he needed to teach his course, which also allowed him to spread the lifesaving training program to other countries in the region. 

Helping desperately underfunded training programs around the world adopt state-of-the-art human simulators will save thousands of animals from suffering and dying and improve training to prepare professionals for real-world medical trauma cases. By giving online today, you’ll be helping us do even more to expand vital programs, including this one, for animals. 

Soon after working with that surgeon in Egypt, PETA began contacting other international ATLS programs and discovered that many were in the same predicament. Through a landmark partnership with compassionate trauma course directors and Simulab—which makes a state-of-the-art human simulator designed specifically for teaching ATLS, called TraumaMan—we secured simulators for medical training programs in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, and Trinidad and Tobago. We’re currently talking with additional doctors in South America, the Middle East, and Asia about their countries’ trauma training courses and are hopeful that through these important efforts, thousands of animals will be saved from being mutilated and killed. 

Unlike small, four-legged, fur-covered animals, the TraumaMan simulator replicates humananatomy, including realistic layers of skin and tissue, ribs, and internal organs. The simulator allows trainees to repeat procedures until they’re confident and proficient—in sharp contrast to cutting into live animals, in which there can be no do-overs. TraumaMan is also portable, allowing this training to be offered to more doctors in more locations, and through PETA’s partnership with Simulab, the costs are even lower than they would be with using animals. 

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