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National group protests animal testing near NDSU campus

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A nonprofit known as "The Physicians Committee" organized a protest Thursday, April 6 against the way North Dakota State University conducts its Advanced Trauma Life Support training. Forum News Service. 2 / 2

FARGO — Medical procedures practiced on live animals at North Dakota State University are gaining attention of a national protest group.

A nonprofit known as "The Physicians Committee" gathered at NDSU today to protest the school's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training that includes inserting tubes and needles into live pigs' chests, killing them.

The protesters argue it's unnecessary, saying 99 percent of ATLS programs it surveyed do not use animals.

Some doctors argue the animal use is holding students back.

"We do not believe it's necessary. I personally think it's detrimental," said Dr. Matthew Clayton, one of the protest organizers. "I think it gives the students taking the class a bad sense of what they're doing."

The group is offering to replace the pigs with a simulation system known as "TraumaMan."