Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Animal Welfare Group Says the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Is Breaking the Law by Using Live Animals in Medical Training

The accusations actually have to do with the Federal Animal Welfare Act. So, very serious allegations.


Animal welfare group says UT illegally using live animals in medical research


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is breaking the law by using live animals in medical training.

That's according to an advocacy group that's asking federal officials to investigate.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine contends that a UT Health Science Center policy allowing live animals to be used in surgery training for third-year medical students violates the federal animal welfare act.

On Friday, the Washington-based group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to look into the matter.

It said neither East Tennessee State University's James H. Quillen College of Medicine nor Vanderbilt University medical school uses live animals in medical education and training.

UT officials said in a recent letter to the group that the university is in compliance with regulations and guidelines regarding animal use and welfare.

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