Monday, May 27, 2013

Possible Animal Cruelty at WUSTL Medical Lab - Real or Exaggerated?

My thoughts on this newsflash:  I hate to say this, but I'm not sure how true this is.  Today, guidelines dictate that all laboratory animals are to be treated with respect, even if they are killed - this seems to be the foundation of practicing science ethically.  A friend of mine working as an assistant in a lab told me that no one is allowed to make the mice anxious at any time, whether in or out of an experiment.  Some of the students' methods may be unethical, for example, putting individual ones through 15 intubations at a time.  Perhaps this issue should be investigated further, though - I feel like the article employs harsh and critical language to exaggerate the situation, when in fact there may be only a few problems at hand.  PETA is probably against animal use in any respect, which would explain the article's nasty tone.  Now, for questions - could these issues be prevalent at other schools?  Since there may be a limited number of ethical problems, can schools easily hide them under the carpet?  Feel free to comment.


Cat Cruelty Exposed At Washington University

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Recent undercover footage from animal rights group PETA has revealed a troubling practice at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). During a medical training exercise called Pediatric Advanced Life Support, students were asked to intubate cats. Most medical facilities use lifelike simulators for this practice but in WUSTL the cats are put through up to 15 gruelling intubations per session. Some cats even began to wake up during the procedure. PETA writes, “Of the more than 1,000 PALS training facilities, WUSTL appears to be the last facility in the country that is still abusing cats in the course, in defiance of modern science and ethics.” Read on to learn why this practice is barbaric and unnecessary and find out what you can do to help. — Global Animal
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