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Grey's Anatomy Tackles The Subject Of Animal Cruelty

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Last week’s Grey’s Anatomy episode titled “Life During Wartime” addressed the issues and ethics involved in animal testing. As one Ecorazzi readers writes, she was pleased to see some animal advocacy played out amidst the sex, lies, and drama of the series. Check out her thoughts below:

Last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy started with a disclaimer about animals not being harmed during that episode — and being a vegan, it totally had my attention. Anyways, cut to a few scenes later and one of the attending doctors is hosting a skills workshop for the residents and interns using “live tissue”, aka pigs. The attending then goes on to stab the six pigs in the chest and tells the doctors to “practice their skills” by saving the pigs. Katherine Heigl’s character refuses and walks out of the workshop and for the remainder of the episodes voices her opinion about animal cruelty.

She has a few confrontations with the attending aka “the slaughterer” should not and don’t need to be used as guinea pigs…no pun intended. They never make mention of her character being or becoming vegan, however it makes me happy that clearly someone involved with the show (maybe the strong willed Heigl herself) definitely has a soft spot for animal rights and wanted to get the message out there. So through the drama, sex, lies and medicine came a little animal advocacy.

Thankfully the pigs were fake, and in the show they were saved, but sadly euthanized afterward.

To see the full episode, jump here. Thanks for the comment, Evalina!

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