Baystate Defends Use Of Pigs In Training

Baystate Medical Center is getting  called out for its usage of pigs to train participants in an advanced  trauma course.  

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine group  organized a protest outside the hospital on Thursday following a  complaint it filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

The group  says the training is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, but hospital  officials say it's the best way to train the trauma students.

Doctor Donald Gross who heads the Emergency Department at Baystate says the pigs are used because they are better training mechanisms then the mechanical bodies that are also used.

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