Written by PETA
Victory: As a
result of PETA's campaign, the Army announced
that it is ending its cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training
exercises and will instead use advanced human simulators!
the U.S. Army plans to start
poisoning African vervet
monkeys with massive chemical overdoses as part of a crude
and cruel "show and tell" training exercise at Maryland's Aberdeen
Proving Ground in order to demonstrate the effects of a nerve-agent attack. The overdoses will
cause the monkeys to suffer from uncontrollable twitching, seizures, and vomiting,
and some will even stop breathing. In a laboratory worksheet that PETA
obtained from Aberdeen, one trainee compared a monkey's violent reaction during
the exercise to "a chiwawa [sic] sh*tting razor
Aberdeen is set to receive an additional
shipment of 20 vervet monkeys from overseas―a frightening journey for them―in
late September, and they could well be subjected to these cruel exercises too.
This is one more example of shortchanging
our military and pointlessly abusing animals for some elementary exercise that already
exists on film! Other military and civilian training programs around the world
are using sophisticated human
patient simulators that can be
programmed to mimic the human
response to a nerve-agent attack, which is very different from a vervet monkey's
response. And not only are the Army's monkey laboratories cruel and
inefficient, they violate Department of
Defense policies that prohibit the harming of primates in training exercises
and require that non-animal training methods be used when available.
Please, help stop this by contacting Major General Nick
Justice, the commanding general of Aberdeen, right now and asking him to live up to his name
and save monkeys from this cruelty by switching this very second to modern,
effective medical training methods.
Written by Michelle
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