IN BRIEF: pigs and surgeons; Zavos back; Viagra; Texas gift


Beauty, a 20-week-old pig shakes the water off herself after flying through the air and into a pool during a rehearsal for the flying pig show at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Animal lovers and human surgeons in the UK have clashed over using pigs as practice for junior surgeons. Currently the law only allows the use of rodents, but the Royal College of Surgeons says that doctors are not getting enough practice and need to operate on sheep and pigs. Wendy Higgins, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, said that this was unnecessary and wrong. She told the BBC that "ethically, the animal's life is worth more than being used as some kind of disposable surgical tool."


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