Friday, January 27, 2012

Bob Barker wants UVA to Stop Using Cats in Medical Training

     Bob Barker, the former host of "The Price is Right" is a huge animal advocated.  Aside from him famously ending all the "The Price is Right" shows by reminding people to spay and neuter their pets, Barker has a foundation, the DJ&T Foundation, that supports spay/neuter programs and has donated millions of dollars to schools to support the study of animal rights law.
     Barker is now focusing on the University of Virginia (UVA) and their use of cats in their medical training program.  According to NBC Washington, "The technique in question involves training graduate physicians on how to insert breathing tubes into premature newborns. Barker wants students to learn on simulators, not live animals. University of Virginia officials say simulators don’t do as good of a job as cats."
     We are hoping that our supporters will help convince UVA to stop using the cats in medical training. You can write letters to the following people, letting them know you support Bob Barker and the use of simulators instead of live cats for medical training:

Office of the President, UVA
Teresa Sullivan
P.O. Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4224

Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.
Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine
PO Box 800793
Charlottesville, VA 22908
434-924-5118

1 comment:

Liezl said...

Bob Barker is a hero to cats! I always remembered his closing remarks about spaying/neutering on the Price Is Right. I am a cat rescue volunteer so I support the protest against UVA for using cats during medical training.