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PETA wants feds to investigate UGA's methods in training course
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ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a formal complaint with the US Department of Agriculture against the University of Georgia, claiming UGA has allowed animals to be mutilated and cruelly killed in what they describe as an “archaic” medical training course.

PETA says they have obtained documents showing that students in UGA’s Medical Readiness Training Program cut holes in throats, chests and limbs of living dogs, pigs and goats as a part of the course.

“Cutting up and killing dogs and other animals for archaic medical training exercises is morally indefensible and educationally inferior,” said Justin Goodman, PETA director of laboratory investigations, in a statement released Monday afternoon.

University officials meanwhile, say their use of animals conform to legal and ethical standards.

In a letter released by a spokeswoman, Vice President for Research David Lee said that the university has reviewed the program and is "satisfied that these instructional activities are being performed ethically, in full conformance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations," and the university's standards.

"We appreciate your concern and want to confirm the University's ongoing commitment to the humane and appropriate use of animals in these and all Instructional exercises. This is an obligation we take very seriously. Through these important activities we are training the next generation of physicians, veterinarians, and other professionals, including military medics working on the front lines to save the lives of American soldiers," Lee wrote.

The university's policy on humane care and use of animals encompasses several federal guidelines, including the Animal Welfare Act enforced by the USDA. The policy also refers to a guide for the care and use of lab animals produced by the National Academy of Sciences, which urges researchers to consider alternatives.

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