Farm Sanctuary Action Alert Update

Action Alerts & Updates

Stop Cruel Pig Lab
August 4, 2008

On August 7, Covidien Electrosurgery is hosting a lab in coordination with a conference held by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in which pigs will be killed and sacrificed in a “Hands-On Pig Lab” to demonstrate electrosurgical tools.

Covidien Electrosurgery, who devised the “Pig Lab”, is a company that performs laboratory tests on animals in order to market its surgical tools.

Formerly known as ValleyLab, Covidien has a history of controversy, including an incident that prompted the University of Colorado at Denver to ban all non-research vivisection in 2007.

The August 7 event advertises, “Procedures that will be performed include: ureteral dissection, pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy, repair of simulated bowel and bladder injury, bowel resection, ureteral re-anasomosis, and liver resection.”

In other words, pigs will be mutilated and cut apart at the August 7 event so that Covidien can hawk its wares to buyers.

You Can Help
1. Please contact Covidien Electosurgery, the Pig Lab organizers, and urge them to remove live animals from their demonstration.

Bryan Hanson
President, Covidien Electrosurgery
ph: 303-530-2300
fax: 303-530-6285

2. Politely contact the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and urge them to not promote such live animal labs.
ph: 312-235-4060
fax: 312-235-4059
e-mail: and

3. Please contact your federal representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2193– legislation that will amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the use of animals for marketing medical devices. You can find out who represents you by going to The sponsors of this bill are Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and if your member of Congress has already become a cosponsor, please thank them!

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