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Harrelson criticizes use of cats by Tech center

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Actor and animal rights activist Woody Harrelson is criticizing use of cats for medical training at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Harrelson, who's a native of Midland, wrote that cats have been purchased from an animal shelter for what he calls "cruel medical training exercises."

A statement Tuesday from the university says its school of medicine teaches lifesaving techniques using lab animals, including cats already slated for euthanasia. General anesthesia is used, so the cats are not in pain or distress.

The center says the training, targeted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is provided to first responders and others with specialized training needs, for helping children breathe, and not to medical students.

Tech also says the school is in compliance with government regulations.

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