Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, and
burned every year in cruel and crude U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) trauma training exercises, even though the military already relies on the use of lifelike simulators and
other effective non-animal training methods and even though DoD regulations require that alternatives to animals be used when available.
Violent military exercises like these continue regularly across the U.S., even though most civilian facilities and many military facilities have already replaced animal laboratories with superior lifelike simulators that breathe, bleed, and even "die." Nearly 80 percent of the U.S.' NATO allies also do not use animals for military medical training.
Unlike mutilating and killing animals, training on simulators allows medics and soldiers to practice on accurate anatomical models and repeat vital procedures until all trainees are confident and proficient. Studies show that medical care providers who learn trauma treatment using simulators are better prepared to treat injured patients than those who are trained using animals.
Following discussions with PETA, both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard announced policies substantially scaling back their use of animals and requiring that more personnel now be trained exclusively with advanced simulators and other non-animal methods. We also convinced the U.S. Army to stop poisoning monkeys in chemical-attack training exercises and persuaded the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Madigan Army Medical Center to stop forcing hard tubes down live cats' and ferrets' throats in pediatric intubation exercises.
A Department of Defense review recently determined that "suitable simulation alternatives can replace the use of live animals" in many training areas, prompting a major shift away from animal use that PETA has advocated for decades.
Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives and urge them to support efforts to end all military use of animals for trauma training and instead use ethically and scientifically superior non-animal training methods.
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