I’m very relieved & optimistic. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) sent out letters & petitions. Because there are still medical schools training students using live animals. -Living, loving, trusting dogs. The target school was the Emergency Medicine Residency @ South Pointe Hospital in Ohio. Students participated in horrific live animal labs. The things done behind closed doors are hard to read, but I feel a worse crime would be to NOT read, to turn a blind eye & cold heart to the reality of such terrible cruelty. Students are instructed to make incisions into a live dog’s throat & chest – & cut into the animal’s veins. Trainees also insert needles into the dog’s chest to remove fluid from the sac surrounding the heart. FINALLY, STUDENTS SPLIT OPEN THE DOG’S BREASTBONE SO THEY CAN PRACTICE VARIOUS CARDIAC PROCEDURES, INCLUDING —– STABBING THE ANIMALS HEART! -& what happens to any dog that survives this abuse? Once they’re no longer useful, the helpless dog is killed. Then, they get a NEW DOG. AND SO ON. AND ON….. But thanks to vigorous campaigning, member donations & actions, ppl flooding the hospital w/letters & petitions, & also filing federal complaints against the lab, I’m ecstatic to report that I received an update & this particular lab HAS SINCE STOPPED USING DOGS, to train emergency med residents! This is one victory in a much bigger battle! But a victory nonetheless! Now PCRM & members are focusing on getting animals OUT OF University of Missouri-Columbus School of Medicine, University of Washington & Baystate Medical Center. ANY & ALL support of these efforts IS CRUCIAL. Every moment…..every donation……every voice…..has the power to save innocent animals. WE are their voice. Note: There are proven, validated & widely implemented nonanimal methods that allow trainees to repeat procedures & hone their skills. Currently 88% of surveyed U.S. emergency med residencies (152 of 172) use only NONANIMAL training methods, such as medical simulators. TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS RECEIVE THE MOST EDUCATIONALLY & ETHICALLY SUPERIOR TRAINING AVAILABLE. WE MUST END THE USE OF LIVE ANIMALS IMMEDIATELY. & COMPLETELY! If sending money isn’t an option now, get involved by spreading the word, signing petitions, sending letters. Just make your voice heard!!! We have insurmountable strength in numbers, we can accomplish things now -in days via the internet, that would’ve taken years to do, only a few decades ago. I try 2get my email address to the appropriate agencies, & can sign 50 petitions before lunch! We have more power, & more resources to gain momentum for accomplishing good, than ever before. But we need 2USE those resources, get our voices out there, in order 2DO right. -South Pointe Hospital/Ohio, is proof that THE WILL of the MASSES is a powerful tool. We were informed in Aug, & by mid-Sept.the school had already announced the end of usage of their live animal labs. That, my friends is POWER, -It’s standing up & speaking out for the ones who have no voice. It’s a step in the right direction. & it feels good 2B a part of it. I don’t have much money, & I certainly am NOT powerful, -most times I feel lost, weak, & w/o purpose. But then there are times like these, where it’s quite the opposite. Where I feel relevant, & that my voice IS heard. I’m sure that some ppl won’t understand, & the stingy wealthy 1%ers would def not get it. Would shake their heads in confusion. But why not? -I can’t take $$$ or material items w/me when I’m gone. As long as my loved ones aren’t going w/o. If it’s used to help in places that it’s needed, by those in dire need, then it was earned & used for a real purpose. For a powerful purpose, for goodwill. It’s an attempt @ thank you’s for the times that I needed & received help. Because in truth everyone will be in need at one time or another during their lifetime (maybe not a handout, but at least a hand up). In giving, it assures that when our time comes, help is there. Paying it forward, is the best way to keep goodwill going, showing empathy for humanity, for all life, not just our own, or our immediate family. For every life, for sustaining & improving, loving & caring.