Our fight to end the torture of cats at the University of Virginia

This is a forum to discuss legislation and legal matters pertaining to the rights and welfare of cats. Please remember to counter ideas and opinions with which you don't agree with friendly and helpful advice and responses.

Mahalo,- Aloha,- Lailani

Purred: Mon May 21, '12 12:22pm PST 
For decades, an untold number of cats have suffered, enduring years of the daily, repeated (up to 20 times a day), practicing of pediatric tracheal intubation (the insertion of a long, rubber tube into the trachea, or windpipe to administer anesthesia or perform ressuciatation) techniques, at the hands of inexperienced pediatric residents at the medical school of the University of Virginia. These cats are used to teach pediatric intubation in spite of the fact that superior, non-animal alternatives: the purpose-built, anatomically correct neonatal simulators, already in use by 95% of US med schools, are readily available. James P Natarro, MD, PhD, Pediatrics Chair, UVA, refuses to accept and embrace modern scientific advancement. Our goal, by whatever means neccessary, is to stop this before the beginning of Spring term, 2013, when UV will purchase more cats from their current disreputable Class A dealer, Liberty Research, a company that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited for more than 20 Animal Welfare Act violations between July 2009 and April 2011. UVA has a new medical simulation center, and they already have an infant simulator. They easily replaced the dog lab with a suitable simulation course in 2004, and could obviously do the same with the intubation lab. We believe continued pressure on the medical school dean and the head of the pediatrics department will eventually lead to change. We are a rapidly expanding group of serious, dedicated, compassionate animal advocates organizing on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/144828258983731/ or www.pictures-of-cats.org/stop-the-torture-of-cats-at-the-university- of-virginia.htmland we welcome and urge all like minded animal advocates to join us. We are proud to be supported the Animal Liberation Front, Our Compass and Pictures of Cats and are featured on their websites. We are wholeheartedly committed to "being the change we want to see in the world" and our goals are realistic and within reach! We have joined in unity for this purpose: To rescue the cats currently suffering and imprisoned at the University of Virginia medical school intubation lab and see to it that they are forever replaced with neonatal simulators.

Hush Puppy

Democats Rock!
Purred: Tue May 22, '12 8:44am PST 
This is a travesty which continues in spite of available simulators which are re-usable and anatomically correct. U.O.V. continues to use innocent live cats,over and over, intubating them sometimes up to 22 times a day so pediatric residents can learn the procedure. In addition to being cruel and inhumane,this practice is both outdated and antiquated.

It baffles me why the university continues to practice this heinous procedure and apparently refuses to join the 95% of medical training institutions that have already stopped using live cats for training.

Please help save these cats, by signing the petition on Change.org http://www.change.org/petitions/uva-president-stop-cruel-outdated-tr ainings-on-cats?utm_campaign=DfDUPbFetJ&utm_medium=email&utm_source= action_alert

and join the newly formed group on Facebook and get involved taking the actions necessary to put an end to this cruelty.



the queen
Purred: Tue May 22, '12 6:55pm PST 
Her is a link to the Petition



If your lap is- available, I'll- be there!

Purred: Tue May 22, '12 6:59pm PST 

Blizzard AKA- The- Catfather

psycho kitty
Purred: Wed May 23, '12 4:46pm PST 

TGM Gimli DB- #101a

Play Hard, Sleep- Hard!

Purred: Wed May 23, '12 8:29pm PST 
We signed it too!


Proud mother of- the Gang of- Four!
Purred: Mon Aug 6, '12 3:20pm PST 
Experiment on people!