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Help End the Military’s War on Animals!

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.

  
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