Animals used as spare parts: pig-to-human kidney transplant

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Surgeons and researchers celebrated the first pig-to-human kidney transplant on Thursday as a major breakthrough, but animals are not spare parts for humans, the animal welfare organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stated.

A 62-year-old man with end-stage renal disease received a pig’s kidney in a four-hour surgery on March 16, according to doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“Pigs are not merely housing their organs until humans need them,” said Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of PETA. She expressed her dismay that humans choose to depend on pigs for spare parts when there are alternative methods that do not involve breeding and killing animals.

eGenesis, a company specializing in using animal organs for humans, provided the pig kidney. This kidney had been genetically edited to remove genes potentially harmful to a human recipient. The company initially tested pig kidneys on monkeys.

“We chose what’s called the Yucatan Mini Pig. This pig, when fully grown, weighs about 150 pounds (68 kilograms), and we selected it because its organs are the right size to match with humans,” Mike Curtis, CEO of eGenesis, told news agency Reuters.

“We reproduce these animals. They are housed in clean buildings, their health is closely monitored, and they are just very healthy, well-cared-for animals,” he added.

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