Help End the Military's War on Animals!
Oliver Stone Exposes Horrific Military Training Video
Each year, more than 10,000 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 anesthetics), 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." 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 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."
Department of Defense regulations actually require that alternatives to animals be used when available, but this policy is not being enforced.
We need your help to end this cruelty once and for all.
PETA has recently compelled the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard to institute policies that substantially reduce the number of live animals used in trauma exercises and that increase the use of human 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 join military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff to help improve military training and protect animals by using the form below to send polite e-mails to U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security officials urging them to take immediate action to fully replace the use of animals in all military trauma training with superior non-animal training methods. Read more
Leaked Video: Live Goats' Legs Cut Off With Tree Trimmers
In disturbing, never-before-seen undercover video footage leaked to PETA showing a Coast Guard training course in Virginia Beach, Virginia, instructors with a company called Tier 1 Group, which was 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. Goats moan and kick during the mutilations—signs that they had not received adequate anesthesia. Read more
Help End Military Trauma Training On Animals
Thousands of healthy animals are mutilated and killed by the military for trauma training exercises every year—even though superior non-animal alternatives are available. In the current training exercises, live pigs are shot, stabbed, and burned, and live goats have their legs broken with bolt cutters and cut off with shears. These barbaric exercises are conducted on many military bases in the U.S. as well as on other bases around the world. Read more
Tell Congress to End Military Trauma Training on Animals!
Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives and urge them to cosponsor the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1417), which will responsibly phase out the U.S. military's use of live animals in trauma training courses and require the use of ethically and scientifically superior non-animal training methods. Read more
A damning new PETA eyewitness investigation and related documents reveal shocking cruelty to animals, racism, homophobia, and reported drugging and sexual assault of military servicemembers, illegal invasive human experimentation, and other alleged gross misconduct by a military contractor called Deployment Medicine International (DMI). Read more
Veteran Bob Barker:
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By David Gotfredson, Investigative Producer, CBS8.com
ALPINE, Calif. (CBS 8) - A controversial military training exercise, known as "live-tissue trauma training" involving the killing of animals has been captured on videotape, perhaps for the first time by any news media outlet in the United States.
A U.S. Marine Corps spokesperson at Camp Pendleton confirmed the February 8 exercises conducted in San Diego's East County involved the killing of several pigs, as part of medical training for about 40 Navy Corpsmen in advance of their deployment to Afghanistan.
KFMB News 8 flew a helicopter over the private, combat training center – known as Covert Canyon -- off High Glen Rd. southeast of Alpine after receiving a complaint from a neighbor.
The chopper video showed blood on the ground, wooden stands used to support medical IV bags, Navy Corpsmen carrying blood-soaked stretchers, and the bodies of what appeared to be dead pigs.
As the helicopter flew overhead, personnel on the ground scrambled to cover the pig bodies with garbage bags to hide them from the news camera.
The trauma training is so controversial, the Marine Corps have never allowed news crews to videotape it. In rare instances where reporters have been allowed to observe such training exercises, photography was prohibited. Read more
PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights. Read more
Published on Jul 15, 2015
Pigs are used in the tests because they have similar skin to humans which allows scientists to see the types of injuries soldiers are likely to face on the battlefield. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) argues it helps to create more effective techniques for post-traumatic treatment of soldiers in the field. But using pigs a practice licensed by the Government has long angered animal rights campaigners who call for the practice to end.Defence minister Philip Dunne said testing on pigs at the Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL) a secret site in Porton Down, Wilts was vital for developing protective equipment for the Armed Forces.
The Shropshire MP said "The DSTL conducts less than half of one per cent of the animal experimentation carried out in the UK. The remit to provide safe and effective protective measures for the UK and its armed forces and to enhance the treatment of casualties on the battlefield, could not be achieved without the use of animals."
But Dr Katy Taylor, Head of Science at Cruelty Free International, said the use of pigs in these types of experiements was not the answer. "Subjecting pigs to such mutilation and injury raises profound ethical questions. Although supporting the need to ensure the safety of soldiers and civilians in an ever increasing dangerous world, Cruelty Free International is opposed to deliberately causing suffering and death to animals in such grotesque and cruel experiments. We believe that such experiments are scientifically questionable the explosion situation for the pigs is severe and yet highly controlled and artificial for example pigs are deliberately cut to induce blood loss. This research does not in our view give confidence to army doctors who have to make important decisions about medical strategies in the real world," Dr Taylor said.
The number of pigs used in explosives tests has dropped significantly in the last five years. A massive 96 were blown up in 2010. The MOD last year said the pigs were anaesthetised when the explosive tests were carried out, then humanely culled afterwards. Read more
Published on Nov 20, 2012
The Ministry of Defence has defended sending surgeons serving in the British Army to controversial medical training in Denmark involving shooting live pigs to replicate battlefield wounds.
Each animal is shot and then operated on at a course provided at NATO's training facilities in Jaegerspris.
The practice, formerly known as Operation Danish Bacon, has been described by animal rights groups as "impossible to justify medically, ethically and educationally".
An MOD spokeswoman said: "This training provides invaluable experience, exposing our surgical teams to the specific challenges posed by the injuries of modern armed conflict.
"This training has helped save lives on operations and by participating in the Danish exercises we minimise the overall number of animals used." Read more
Uploaded on May 26, 2009
Military Combat Trauma Training on Goats: Tube Thoracostomy with Chest Tube Insertion
An instructor cuts a live goat with a scalpel to create traumatic wounds in this military video, obtained by PCRM through the Freedom of Information Act. The use of goats and pigs for combat trauma training is suboptimal due to, among other issues, the animals anatomical and physiological differences from humans. Compared with humans, goats and pigs have smaller torsos and limbs, thicker skin, and important differences in anatomy of the head and neck, internal organs, rib cage, blood vessels, and airway. Many of these differences are demonstrated in this film for the Army Medical Departments Tactical Combat Medical Care course. The instructor in the training film repeatedly references significant differences between training on live goats and human casualties. Read more
Uploaded on Jul 7, 2009
QuikClot Combat Gauze Training Presentation
Live tissue demonstration of QuikClot Combat Gauze (viewer discretion advised) View http://www.itstactical.com/medcom/medical/quikclot-combat-gauze-video/ for more information on Combat Gauze!
Uploaded on Sep 4, 2007
Don't try this at home. If you like pigs, you might not want to watch this.