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!
Harrelson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of
an Army captain in The Messenger, and now the actor is
sending a real-life message to the Army's new chief of staff regarding the cruel chemical agent poisoning of monkeys
at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
The star of the hotly anticipated Hunger Games film sent a letter to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, describing
how the monkeys who endure a forced overdose "suffer the wretched symptoms of chemical poisoning, including seizures, breathing
difficulties, loss of bowel control, and convulsions," and asking the
general to "stop this crude exercise at Aberdeen"
and replace it with superior
non-animal methods of simulating nerve agent attacks.
Woody's letter follows a PETA protest outside Army Secretary
John McHugh's home
and as thousands of compassionate people's responses to PETA's action
alert—which I must ask you to respond to
also and to pass on to everyone you know (get the whole office to sign—the
Please join Woody in
sending Army officials the message that not only is the image of America's
armed forces tarnished by conducting crude warfare experiments on monkeys—who are snatched from their
Caribbean homes and families and who endure frightening shipping conditions—these cruel procedures also
violate military policies requiring
the use of non-animal methods when available and prohibiting harming primates
for training exercises.
by Jeff Mackey
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