Doctors' animal rights group goes after UMMC - - Jackson, MS

Doctors' animal rights group goes after UMMC

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A physicians' animal rights group has asked the prosecuting attorney of Hinds County to consider charges against the University of Mississippi Medical Center's ongoing use of live pigs to train doctors.

UMMC says it complies with all applicable laws in using animals for educational purposes.

The Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine group was formed in 1982 and advocates vegetarianism and an end to the use of animals for medical research.

The PCRM sent a letter to Hinds County attorney Sherri M. Flowers, requesting she file charges against UMMC for violation of Mississippi's animal cruelty laws by using pigs in the school's first-year medical student physiology course.

Flowers was in court Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

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