All the News That's Fit to Shame Wash U
On the heels of PETA's release of this undercover video shot inside Wash U's cat intubation lab, a slew of media stories in the area started circulating. Especially when Missouri native and beloved gameshow host Bob Barker chimed in on behalf of the cats.
Check out all the coverage at the following links:
Riverfront Times (piece 1 of 2)
Riverfront Times (piece 2 of 2)
WUSTL Student Life (coverage)
WUSTL Student Life (alumnus letter)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLToday.com (piece 1 of 2)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLToday.com (piece 2 of 2)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLToday.com (letter to editor)
KTVI Fox 2 News
KSDK Channel 5 News
Let us know if you find more coverage and we'll get it posted in the news round-up!
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St. Louisans Demand "Christmas Cats" Released from WUSM Lab
ST. LOUISANS DEMAND END OF WASH U CAT LAB BY CHRISTMAS, VOW TO “STEP UP” CAMPAIGN
Protesters to Make Loud Spectacle Outside Medical Campus
DATE: November 30, 2012
TIME: 11:30 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: Forest Park Pkwy. & Euclid Ave.
ST. LOUIS, November 29, 2012
Animal activists will vent their frustration with Washington University in another demonstration against the school’s use of live cats in intubation trainings. Friday’s protest marks the official call to WUSM to discontinue the use of cats in their Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses by the end of this year. Organizers are calling the animals “The Christmas Cats” because they’re asking PALS directors to relinquish the felines by December 25th. Veterinary care from Spencer Creek Animal Hospital and living arrangements at Five Acres Animal Shelter and Sacred Ground Animal Sanctuary have already been arranged for the cats.
“St. Louisans—and not just activists—are so angry this is still happening in their city. After the animal rights conference held here last month, activists are even more fired-up to win this campaign by any means necessary,” says Laura Shields, protest coordinator. The demonstration outside Wash U’s medical campus will feature a simulation of the intubation process, as well as chanting, the use of bullhorns, and other protest tactics. Shields adds, “If Bo Kennedy and the rest of the PALS directors continue to ignore the requests of their community, then we’ll continue to step up the campaign.”
In addition to releasing the cats in use at Wash U’s laboratories, protesters want PALS directors to start using the Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center at Children’s Hospital for teaching students how to intubate. This is in accordance with American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations. The AHA governs curriculum for the PALS classes, and does not condone the use of animals in their courses.
Fight to End Use of Cats at WUSM Continues Until Victory
LOCAL ANIMAL ACTIVISTS VOW TO CONTINUE CAMPAIGN UNTIL CAT USE HAS ENDED
ST. LOUIS, ONGOING
Activists and concerned citizens from around St. Louis promise Washington University that protests and public outreach will only end when live animals are no longer used for medical training. Protests include using bullhorns, distributing flyers that call on the public to contact Wash U directors, and even demonstrating a live human simulation of a practice activists call cruel and unnecessary.
Demonstrators bring attention to intubation training in a class co-sponsored by Washington University and Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) class requires students to forcibly insert breathing tubes into cats’ throats. This can cause bleeding and swelling of the throat, cracked teeth, punctured lungs, and death.
The American Heart Association (AHA), which designs the PALS curriculum, states that it does not condone the use of animals in its course. The AHA recommends that PALS training be done on “lifelike human manikins.” PALS students have access to these manikins at the state-of-the-art Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center in Children's Hospital.
Organizer Laura Shields states, "Everyone we talk to wants to know why live animals are still being used when more ethical, more reliable models are available. The fact is Wash U doesn't have a good answer for us, for them, or for the animals.” Shields goes on, “We've already done several protests, and we’re prepared to be here as often as it takes to free these cats and make sure no more are brought in for the program.”
Regular demonstrations against what activists call "the cat lab" began in August and have continued monthly.
All Eyes on Wash U as Activists Protest School's Animal Research Programs
Animal Rights Conference & Protest in St. Louis Target Wash U
ANIMAL ACTIVISM EVENTS FOCUS ON ST. LOUIS INSTITUTION
ST. LOUIS, OCTOBER 21, 2012
Animal rights activists from around the country will converge in the Gateway City at the end of October for a conference focused on winning the war against animal experimentation. St. Louis was chosen as the conference location in part because it is home to one major target of opportunity: Washington University.
National organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now and local groups St. Louis Vegans and St. Louis Animal Rights Team are hosting the landmark conference, Free the Animals: Effective Action Against Vivisection.
"This conference will empower and energize activists across the U.S. to attack the animal experimentation issue head-on and to make concrete changes for the tens of millions of animals who are imprisoned in laboratories."
In addition to featuring a dozen speakers, the conference will kick off with a free screening of Project Nim presented by film subject Bob Ingersoll. Attendees will also be able to put tactics learned during the conference into effect during the wrap-up protest at Washington University.
Project Nim with Bob Ingersoll @
Friday, October 26th at 6:15 PM
Free the Animals: Effective Action Against Vivisection @
Saturday & Sunday, October 27th & 28th
Washington University Protest @ Washington University in St. Louis
Monday, October 29th at 10 AM
Conference Speaker Line-Up
Green Hill Liberation
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
United Poultry Concerns
Save the Chimps
St. Louis Vegans
Animal Liberation Frontline
Win Animal Rights
Project Nim Foundation
Dr. Stephen Kaufman
Medical Research Modernization Committee
Save the Chimps
Dr. Shirley McGreal
International Primate Protection League
South Florida Smash HLS
Stop UBC Animal Research
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!