I don’t know why the media is surprised when animal rights group are never satisfied. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine–which is a creature of PETA with only about 4% of its members being doctors–wants to stop medical schools from using animals in their teaching. From the story:
Although the Medical College of Wisconsin has stopped using dogs as live teaching tools, an animal rights group has now called upon the school to stop using pigs.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine called in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Medical College to get live animals out of the teaching curriculum. The group, which says the use of live animals is unnecessary and cruel, has also put up a billboard on U.S. 45 that calling upon the school to stop…The American Physiological Society, the governing body for physiology education nationwide, endorses the use of animals in medical education, he said…
“The definition of ‘physiology’ is ‘the study of living systems,'” Allen Cowley, a Medical College professor and chairman of physiology there, said in an internal school memo. “The Medical College’s cardiovascular laboratory provides students with an exceptional learning experience.” Cowley said it was the “only opportunity that students will have in their medical education to experience the cardiovascular function of a large animal with similar responses as humans before they begin clinical work with patients.”