(THE STATE) COLUMBIA - An animal-rights group on Thursday called for a federal investigation into the University of South Carolina’s use of live pigs in emergency medicine training.
The Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says the emergency medicine residency program run by USC School of Medicine and Palmetto Health violates the Animal Welfare Act by operating on pigs when alternatives are available.
The group, which has filed similar complaints at other schools across the country, says the use of live animals in emergency medicine training is inhumane and outdated. It has asked a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate.
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