It’s official. The Medical College of Wisconsin(MCW) Department of Physiology, headed by one of the most respected yet old-school veterans in the field, Dr. Allen Cowley, has finally relented to public pressure and will no longer be killing dogs in their student labs. And earlier this week, on Monday, November 26, 2007, the New York Medical College also announced that it will be ending it’s live dog lab, the fourth and last New York state medical school in 18 months to end this outdated practice.That’s the good news. The bad news is that MCW will still be one of only 10 medical schools in the entire U.S. that will continue to use live animals in these classes: now, instead of killing dogs, Dr. Cowley will oversee the killing of pigs. To contact MCW directly to voice your disapproval over the use of live animals, call 414-456-8277. And to learn more about this topic, see www.pcrm.org/resch/meded/ethics_medlab_list.html.