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UT Students Practicing Surgery on Pigs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A physician’s group said Wednesday that the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga is breaking the law by having students use pigs in surgical training instead of working on human patient simulators like most other medical schools.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked District Attorney Bill Cox in Chattanooga in a letter to investigate and stop violations of Tennessee’s animal cruelty statute. The Washington, D.C.- based physicians group promotes alternatives to animal research.
“Of the 177 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, only three use live animals to train students in surgery clerkships,” according to the letter. It was signed by Dr. John J. Pippin, the committee’s director of academic affairs, and two Tennessee physicians, Dr. Robert Burns of Memphis and Dr. Jennifer Ellis of Clarksville.
The letter contends that using pigs in the training violates Tennessee’s animal cruelty law but Cox said the state statute excludes livestock.
“We received the letter and we reviewed the statute and the Legislature has deemed swine to be classified as livestock rather than domesticated animals'” Cox said.

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Legislature Liberalizes Rules for Shooting Pigs Gone Wild

Wild pigs are no longer considered big game for hunters, under a new state law taking effect this month, reports WPLN. Officials say they’re hoping the move will make it easier for farmers and landowners to keep Tennessee’s feral hog population in check.
Feral hogs are basically escaped farmyard pigs that have turned back into wild animals, with longer teeth and tails. They’re considered a major nuisance in parts of East Tennessee because they’re insatiable eaters as well as prolific breeders. State Representative John Mark Windle compares them to small bulldozers.
“They’ll just make row after row after row through the woods and through the pastures, and it looks like somebody’s taken a submarine and driven through the ground, or a giant mole or some other type of disturbance.”

Windle (and Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown) sponsored a new law (it was HB947) which paved the way for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to change its rules on killing wild hogs.
Chief of Wildlife and Forestry Daryl Ratajczak says what they had been doing – issuing hunting licenses – was making things worse.
“Folks that wanted to hunt hogs would trap them illegally, transport them illegally, and release them illegally into different parts of the state. And so this idea of sport-hunting was kind of detrimental to our hog-control management.”
So instead of giving people big-game permits to hunt pigs, now Ratajczak says property owners can kill them without asking permission. And they can get the OK over the phone for a group of up to 10 to help. They can also go to lengths normal hunters couldn’t – they can kill pigs in traps or over bait, as well as at night.