Punk icon Iggy Pop has fired off a letter to officials at the University of Michigan urging them to stop using laboratory animals in its Survival Flight course.
The Lust For Life singer, who attended the college in his youth, has joined forces with animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to stamp out the "cruel and crude" laboratories at the university.
He writes, "It's common sense that cutting apart pigs and maiming cats isn't the best way to train people to treat humans... UM (University of Michigan) should not be harming animals when better alternatives are available and already in use on campus."
Pop and Peta officials are calling on the university's science boffins to shut down the animal laboratories and replace them with sophisticated simulators.