Written by Jeff Mackey
The end is near for the military's cruel trauma training exercises, in which thousands of animals are maimed and killed each year!
has discovered—and the U.S. Army's Office of the Surgeon General has confirmed—that
the Army has implemented a major shift in policy that states, "Non-medical
personnel are not authorized to participate in training that involves the use
of animal models." These nonmedical service members, who previously were
allowed to abuse and kill animals in these drills, will now be taught exclusively using
non-animal "alternatives such as commercial training manikins, moulaged
actors, cadavers, or virtual simulators."
This will likely prevent thousands of animals from being
shot, cut apart, and killed each year in crude exercises like the disturbing
military training drill that PETA exposed last year showing live goats who had their limbs broken
and cut off.
But that's not all: According to the Army, this change is
just one of several that will be unveiled as a result of a series of meetings
that began in February about restructuring the military's medical training
program. The shift is likely in response to PETA supporters' protests, as well
as Congress' request that the Department of Defense (DOD) submit a detailed plan for the phase-out
of all animal use in medical training
drills in favor modern non-animal methods. That report, which has already been
delayed once, is now due in early summer. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about
the military's broader plans to make all its deadly animal laboratories history.
What You Can Do
This is momentous progress, but we're not done yet. Please urge military officials to end the cruel use of animals in training for all personnel immediately.
Written by PETA
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, one protester got a swift response when he demanded change from U.S. Army Major General Nick Justice. While the ironically named military man was speaking in front of peers at a conference at the University of Maryland, a PETA member leapt up in front of the crowd and called Justice out for allowing cruel chemical casualty training exercises on live vervet monkeys:
At the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, where Justice is the commanding general, vervet monkeys are injected with severe drug overdoses, which cause them to seize, twitch, vomit, and even stop breathing. One trainee compared a monkeys' reaction to a Chihuahua "s***ting razor blades." The exercises are a medieval attempt at recreating the effects of a nerve agent attack on humans, but because the human response and the monkey response are quite different, trainees leave ill-prepared to handle such a crisis.
More enlightened U.S. military chemical casualty training programs use only sophisticated human-patient simulators that can be programmed to mimic actual human responses to a nerve agent attack.
You say you got a real solution? Well, you know, you can ask the White House to require Aberdeen Proving Ground to switch to superior human-patient simulators and save animal and human lives by adding your name to this petition.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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