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 locked in laboratories at universities and hospitals and tormented in painful and archaic training exercises.
At a dwindling number of facilities across the country, healthy cats—and in some cases, young kittens—have plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their small, sensitive windpipes during pediatric intubation training exercises even though leading medical organizations recommend the use of modern and superior humanlike simulators. This cruel practice can cause bleeding, swelling, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death. The cats—who are purchased from breeders or animal shelters—are often subjected to these procedures for many years and are sometimes killed at the end of the training session because they are so badly injured and are even used in other painful experiments.
Facilities that continue to use these felines for such training purposes are acting against the advice of prominent medical organizations. The American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Emergency Nurses Association exclusively endorse the use of humanlike manikins in their neonatal and pediatric life support courses (all of which include intubation training). Studies have found that learning intubation on simulators better prepares nurses and doctors to treat sick and injured patients than cruel and crude animal laboratories because they allow trainees to practice on human anatomy and repeat procedures until they are proficient and confident.
However, despite all of this, some institutions continue to hurt and kill cats in their cruel intubation training exercises. Please take a minute to contact each of the institutions listed below and tell them to stop abusing cats and kittens in these outdated exercises immediately.
Victory is possible! Thanks to your support, PETA has successfully urged facilities around the country—such as Washington University in St. Louis, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Primary Children’s Medical Center, the University of Connecticut Health Center, the University of Michigan, and Heartland Regional Medical Center—to replace the use of animals in intubation training. By making your voice heard, you can help end the suffering of helpless cats across the country.