Medical professionals and scientists who are unaffiliated with the University have overwhelmingly embraced modern simulation methods to complete the training that the University Survival Flight director states animals must be used for (Viewpoint: Survival flight needs animal labs, 1/20/2011). It has been disappointing that our faculty and administrators have been willing to ignore and distort this when attempting to describe and defend Survival Flight’s cruel exercises on cats and pigs. Thankfully, the student body understands this and the Michigan Student Assembly voted overwhelmingly last semester to end these animal labs. The University now just needs to swallow its pride and join the many others who have already made this compassionate decision.
Jonathan Coren is a Ross School of Business sophomore