Each year, thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in cruel military training exercises.
In horrific, never-before-seen undercover video footage leaked to PETA, training instructors hired by the military are seen breaking and cutting off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stabbing the animals, and pulling out their internal organs. After PETA filed a complaint about this disturbing video footage, which shows goats moaning and kicking as they are stabbed and cut into (signs that they had not received adequate anesthesia), the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an official warning to the training provider for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act and Congress called for an investigation.
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." More than 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 anatomy 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. Even a leading U.S. Army surgeon admitted in an e-mail to colleagues that "there still is no evidence that [training on animals] saves lives."
The Army's own Rascon School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell does not use animals in its training program and has even publicly stated that "[t]raining on [simulators] is more realistic to providing care for a person than training on animals." The Air Force's Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Navy Trauma Training Center also do not use animals to train soldiers.
Department of Defense regulations actually require that alternatives to animals be used when available, but this policy is not being enforced.
In 2013, the U.S. Army enacted a new policy banning non-medical and certain medical personnel from using animals in medical training exercises and instead requiring them to use non-animal methods such as "commercial training manikins, moulaged actors, cadavers, or virtual simulators."
Please join military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff to help improve military training and protect animals. Send polite e-mails to your congressional representatives and urge them support legislative effor ts to ensure that servicemembers learn lifesaving medical skills by replacing the use of aniamls in military training drills with more effective, ethical and economical human patient stimulation technology.
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