HIGH-TECH SURGICAL SIMULATORS END DEADLY ANIMAL LABS IN THE PHILIPPINES
PETA U.S. Expands Successful 46 Million Peso Donation Program That Saves Animals, Improves Medical Training
For Immediate Release:
23 September 2015
Manila — A donation from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) U.S. of high-tech simulators worth over ₱46 million is modernizing physician-training programs in the Philippines and sparing the lives of thousands of dogs, pigs, and other animals in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In the Philippines, the simulators have been received by The Medical City–Clark in Angeles City and the Philippine College of Surgeons in Quezon City.
Through a landmark partnership with Seattle-based medical simulation manufacturer Simulab—and with the support of PETA Germany and the McGrath Family Foundation and shipping donations from DHL and Cathay Pacific airlines—PETA U.S. has donated 40 state-of-the-art TraumaMan surgical simulators to national surgical training programs in China, Cyprus, Greece, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries will now use TraumaMan—which replicates a breathing, bleeding human torso, complete with realistic layers of skin and tissue, ribs, and internal organs—instead of cutting into animals to train thousands of doctors each year to perform lifesaving surgical procedures on victims of traumatic injuries.
“Doctors everywhere deserve the best, most advanced lifesaving trauma training available—and that means using advanced simulators, not killing and mutilating animals,” says PETA U.S. Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “The donation will equip physicians with the tools that they need to save human lives while sparing the lives of thousands of animals.”
Virtually all programs teaching the popular American College of Surgeons–sponsored Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course in the U.S., Canada, and other Western nations use TraumaMan, but until now, ATLS programs with limited budgets in other countries have required trainees to cut crude holes into the chests, throats, abdomens, and limbs of thousands of live dogs, goats, pigs, and sheep each year. The donated TraumaMan systems are more portable, are less costly, and are reusable, unlike animal-based exercises, and studies show that doctors who learn lifesaving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who cut into animals, largely because TraumaMan actually mimics human anatomy.
Last year, PETA U.S. donated 67 TraumaMan simulators worth over ₱78 million to nine countries—Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago—in the first round of this successful effort to modernize ATLS training. More than 25 percent of nations teaching this course have now ended animal use as a result of PETA U.S.’ program, which is the group’s largest contribution to promote the use of non-animal scientific methods to date.