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.
have two hot developments to report in PETA's campaign to expose and end the
abuse of animals in cruel and archaic U.S. military medical training drills:
Following complaints filed by PETA about the abuse of goats seen in a shocking
undercover video, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited military trauma
training contractor Tier 1 Group for violating the Animal Welfare Act, and the
Virginia Beach Zoning Administration (VBZA) has warned the owner of the property where the training allegedly
took place that these exercises are not permitted there.
Originally posted July 27:
In April, PETA released the video footage taken by a
whistleblower during a trauma
training session for members of the U.S. Coast Guard. The video showed course
instructors with Tier 1 Group repeatedly cutting off the limbs of live goats
with tree trimmers, stabbing the animals with scalpels, and cutting into their
abdomens to pull out their organs as they twitched,
moaned, and kicked. Veterinarians
who viewed the video confirmed that these are signs that the goats were not
adequately anesthetized and were likely feeling pain.
The video also showed a course instructor from Tier 1 Group
who cheerfully whistled as he cut the legs off goats as well as Coast Guard
participants who joked about writing a song about mutilating the animals.
At the time the video was released, PETA filed a number of
complaints with authorities, and two of these agencies have now taken
disciplinary action against parties responsible for the training. (A U.S. Coast
Guard investigation into PETA's complaint is ongoing.)
The USDA citation for violating
the federal Animal Welfare Act was issued because of Tier 1 Group's failure to give
adequate anesthesia to the goats who were stabbed and cut into. This is a
repeat violation, as Tier 1 Group was
cited by the USDA for a similar violation last year.
The USDA's citation of Tier 1 Group for failing to anesthetize
animals properly during invasive procedures is made even more alarming by the
fact that just days after the USDA citation, the U.S. Navy awarded Tier 1 Group
a contract worth nearly $2 million to conduct 24 trauma training exercises on
live pigs. A company that has violated federal animal welfare law should not be
rewarded with millions of tax dollars.
The VBZA letter not only warned that such exercises aren't
permitted but also notified the property owner that legal action may be pursued
against him if such unauthorized activities are conducted on the land in the
future. These unlawful training exercises have taken place there for years, but
officials have now made it clear that they must not occur there ever again.
Please join PETA and its dedicated supporters—including
military veterans Oliver
Stone and Bob Barker—in urging the military to replace these cruel animal laboratories with humane and
Written by Michelle Kretzer
military contractor that was responsible for hacking apart inadequately anesthetized goats in a crude military
trauma training exercise exposed by PETA wants to conduct 24 more training
courses—but it won't get the chance if Congress can help it.
1 Group, LLC, was made infamous when PETA released a video exposé of a U.S. Coast Guard trauma training course in which Tier 1
Group instructors cut off goats' legs with tree trimmers, cut into the animals'
abdomens to pull out their organs, and stabbed the animals with scalpels as the
goats moaned and kicked. PETA filed a complaint, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
cited Tier 1 Group for violating the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It was Tier 1 Group's second AWA violation in as many
years. A U.S. Coast Guard investigation of Tier 1 Group following a PETA
complaint is still ongoing.
when this law-breaking company was awarded yet another military contract worth nearly $1.8 million of taxpayer money,
members of Congress were aghast. A group of 11 representatives contacted Gene
Dodaro, comptroller general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and
called for an investigation into why Tier 1 Group received the new contract.
They cited regulations that clearly require federal contractors to abide by the
law, including the AWA. The representatives assert that Tier 1 Group's history
of repeatedly breaking the law may be sufficient cause to revoke the new
military contract and to prevent the company from ever receiving any more
congressional representatives' actions speak loud and clear: The government
should not pay anyone to torment
animals illegally. And it doesn't have to. Superior humanlike simulators are already in use in military training courses in the U.S. and around the
world. The simulators are so realistic that they can cry, talk, respond to
medications, bleed, breathe, and even "die," so it's easy to see how
such a training tool would better prepare soldiers for what they may encounter
on the battlefield than would crudely hacking apart an animal.
bill, the Battlefield Excellence Through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1417/S. 3418), currently
pending before Congress, would responsibly phase out the U.S. military's use of
animals in trauma training entirely and require the use of modern simulation
technology. Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives
and ask them to cosponsor this lifesaving legislation today.
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