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Rocker Iggy Pop joins the debate about U of M medical students training on live animals

November 20, 2010 ann_arbor_journal/news/doc4ce6d051a38cc260264794.txt?viewmode=fullstory

A group of determined animal rights activists are continuing their effort to change how the University of Michigan Medical School trains participants of its life-saving emergency trauma-response team.

And they're now tapping into the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' stable of celebrity supporters to ratchet up the pressure.

The latest voice to enter the fray stewing throughout the fall is legendary punk rocker and former U of M student Iggy Pop. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who rose to stardom in Ann Arbor's punk-rock scene in the late 1960s, recently wrote U of M President Mary Sue Coleman in an attempt to sway her opinion.

"Its common sense that cutting apart pigs and maiming cats isn't the best way to train people to treat humans," Pop wrote. "U of M should not be harming animals when better alternatives are available and already in use on campus.

"Please make the switch to non-animal training methods for U of M's Survival Flight course.".......

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