Now, heading north to the University of Michigan, we have yet another superstar, who is leading the charge to end cruel and deadly training exercises on animals on campus.
As was reported on the front page of the student newspaper today, former PETA intern Joe Varilone successfully got a resolution passed through the U-M student government last night, calling on the school to replace the abuse of cats and pigs in a course for nurses with sophisticated and superior humanlike simulators that are already in use to teach the same skills in other courses on campus.
The animal abusers at the University are really in a tight spot now—they’ve been publicly condemned by their own school’s student government; The campus newspaper editors wrote a strong column encouraging the experimenters to join the 21st century; Medical experts are publicly speaking out against the animal labs; Heck, even former U-M student and rock legend Iggy Pop wrote a letter slamming the school for continuing to allow such hideous cruelty.
How much criticism and bad press can one university handle?
The ball’s in your court, U-M. Take your students’ well-informed advice, stop swimming against the tide, and end these cruel training exercises on animals once and for all.