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Federal complaint filed against Mayo Clinic over animal testing

Doctors' group accuses Mayo of not following the Animal Welfare Act.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 12:59 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2019 8:08 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A federal complaint over animal testing is filed against Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is accusing Mayo of violating the Animal Welfare Act by using live animals to train emergency medicine residents. The group says its complaint against alleges inadequate oversight of the training protocol claims Mayo is not following federal rules which require “that a principal investigator—including course instructors—consider alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress to any animal used for research purposes.”

Mayo Clinic issued the following statement in response to the complaint:

"Mayo Clinic uses pigs to train emergency medicine residents in essential techniques so they can safely and effectively provide lifesaving care to pediatric patients. These are techniques that cannot be effectively taught in a simulation center. These procedures have been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Mayo Clinic meets or exceeds all standards set by the federal agencies and accrediting agency required for the use of animals."

The Physicians Committee says it has more than 12,000 member doctors, including 973 in Minnesota.

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