Texas Allied Health School to Stop Using Live Cats to Practice Techniques

  1. Though it isn't specified whether this is a response to TTHSC being called out by PETA, the implications are interesting. It can be argued that a plastic manikin is not a good replacement for living flesh, but it also depends on what you define as animal cruelty. The cats were alive, but they were also placed under anesthesia during all procedures.

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  3. by   SharonH, RN
    what took them so long?
  4. by   tencat
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    what took them so long?
    It's Texas....that's why
  5. by   ChuckE
    Typical PETA bovine feces. They were using feral cats that were scheduled to be killed to train PEOPLE on how to save PEOPLE.

    This is not like they were using animals to test eye shadow or such nonsense.
  6. by   BlueDesert
    Yayyyyyy

    Killing cats to save other cats would make more sense than cutting them apart to save people. On the other hand, if I ever get a hairball or feline leukemia, I might be grateful that they used cats in experiments because the doctor will know how to treat me!
  7. by   hiddencatRN
    That is just awful! I am no fan of PETA (and that is putting it MILDLY), but practicing on cats, even if they're scheduled to be put down, is just not right.
  8. by   Neveranurseagain
    I'm not a fan of PETA either, but I'm glad they put a stop to it. I learned to intubate without using cats when I was in paramedic school, and had a high success rate.
  9. by   ChuckE
    By your logic, I'm all for using death row inmates for medical personnel to practice on. I'd love to see someone practice a Foley catheter on someone like John Wayne Gacy or Richard Ramirez.
    Quote from BlueDesert
    Yayyyyyy

    Killing cats to save other cats would make more sense than cutting them apart to save people. On the other hand, if I ever get a hairball or feline leukemia, I might be grateful that they used cats in experiments because the doctor will know how to treat me!
  10. by   MaxAttack
    Quote from ChuckE
    By your logic, I'm all for using death row inmates for medical personnel to practice on. I'd love to see someone practice a Foley catheter on someone like John Wayne Gacy or Richard Ramirez.
    I think you're on to something here, ChuckE...
  11. by   BVP910
    Quote from ChuckE
    By your logic, I'm all for using death row inmates for medical personnel to practice on. I'd love to see someone practice a Foley catheter on someone like John Wayne Gacy or Richard Ramirez.
    Now that sounds more like it!
  12. by   Flare
    so what's going to happen to those cats? are they still getting euthanized?
  13. by   MaxAttack
    Quote from firefightingRN
    so what's going to happen to those cats? are they still getting euthanized?
    Yep. They were always going to be euthanized, but some people didn't like that students were practicing on them first. They called it a "betrayal of shelter cats," which makes me giggle. Putting them under so they wouldn't feel anything and operating on them? Hell no. Killing them right out? Fine.

    At least the cats contributed something before they were put down. I'd have no problem getting operated on if I were scheduled to be killed; at least I was worth something to someone.
  14. by   KinshuKiba
    Though it doesn't specify, these were stray cats from the local animal shelter that were scheduled to be put down anyway. At least before, some small good came from this. Now, they're just being killed and disposed of. I feel that the use of stray cats to practice medical techniques is something akin to stray cats being used for dissection in high school anatomy classes. The cats will be killed either way. One can argue the cruelty of the situation, but until adoptions exceed the current number of abandoned animals across the country, euthanasia will continue to occur. Isn't it better to get something worthwhile from it?

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