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Despite knowing that simulators are available to replace the cruel use of animals for pediatric intubation training, the Lackland Air Force Base’s 59th Medical Wing in San Antonio continues to have trainees repeatedly shove hard plastic tubes down the throats of dozens of ferrets.
This painful procedure can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death!
Records obtained by PETA show that many of the ferrets used in this training at Lackland have suffered from severe weight loss, kidney and liver disease, heart attacks, hair loss, and stress-related ulcers.
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I was shocked to learn that the’s 59th Medical Wing continues to use ferrets for intubation training, despite knowing that simulators to replace animal use are available. In this cruel intubation training, ferrets have hard plastic tubes repeatedly showing down their throats, a procedure that can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death! Please replace the cruel use of animals for intubation training with more effective and humane simulators.