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Court Martial for Army Pig Shooters?

Written by PETA | August 22, 2008
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Last month, PETA broke the news about barbaric U.S. Army trauma training exercises that were being conducted at a base camp in Hawaii, in which pigs were shot with high-powered rifles. Local Army officials there are standing by their false claims that these exercises are necessary to provide soldiers with the skill to treat trauma victims on the battlefield, even though it seems to us these exercises broke Army regulations by not using available alternatives to the primitive use of animals.

I guess we can sleep well knowing that if a soldier loses his tail during a raid, some well-trained fellow soldiers, thanks to this training, may be able to reattach the necessary posterior appendage.

Given the U.S. Army’s apparent outright disregard for their own regulations and the treatment of these animals, PETA is now asking commanding officers at bases in Hawaii and Texas—where a more recent training exercise included breaking and amputating the legs of nearly 1,000 goats with tree trimmers—for a court martial over the shooting, mutilating, and killing of animals during these old-fashioned training exercises.

According to the Army’s own regulations, the Army is required to use alternatives to animals in training exercises when scientifically valid and comparable alternatives exist. And they do! The animal exercise should have been replaced with validated, state-of-the-art simulators, such as the Department of Defense’s own Combat Trauma Patient Simulator, which more realistically simulates battlefield conditions and, consequently, is considered superior to outdated animal methods. Other viable alternatives include Dr. Emad Aboud’s “living” cadaver perfusion model, Simulab Corporation’s TraumaMan system, and establishing military level one trauma centers in nearby communities in order to have trainees work with the community to take care of their city’s population.

Kathy Guillermo, director of PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department, says, “The Army has regulations in place specifically to prevent this kind of cruelty to animals, but the oversight committee apparently chose to ignore them. Our soldiers deserve to be trained using the most advanced technology available—that means using human simulators.”

The U.S. Army does not train soldiers to race into battle zones to retrieve injured pigs, goats, or dogs. That would be great, but let’s face it: It’s not the government’s main agenda. Time, money, and resources could be far better spent.


Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • nicholas fenton says:

    stopping arterial bleeding on a goat is the same as a person. Simulabs do not induce stress the number one reason for failures on the battle field. If soldiers feel sick working on poor helpless bleeding out pigs then they will never be able to work on their best friend while he’s bleeding out and they need to work on more dying pigs until they dont freak out anymore. US military medics need this training to stay calm under combat stress.

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  • Roswitha Reinders says:

    Our “civilisations” will be wiped out by Mother Earth .This is unexusable.Whatever suffering we inflict on any living being will come back to us.Well and good……

  • dott. Antonio Modonutti says:

    I am an Italian PETA member. First I have to thank the U.S.A. and expecially Your Soldiers for bringing to us the Light of Freedom for such a long time for saving us from Nazism Communism and other dangers like islamic fondamentalism now. I will always praise and never forget all the U. S. Soldiers who gave their life to defend the Freedom of the Western World. But I am sure that a Nation technologically advanced like the USA has better simulators of the human body than poor animals that should be let live peacefully and painlessly. Plus i am an healthcare professional and i have read several things about terminal ballistic and stopping power so i believe that pigs are a very bad simulator of the human body. Finally i am really disgusted by what a guy called Peter wrote on 25th August 2008 Peter why don’ t you consider letting us PETA members live and do our work in defence of animals peacefully and managing instead of getting shot yourself possibly with a frangible bullet in don’ t know .45 ACP or .44 Magnum? Then there will be not much left to save but the study of a carcass hit by such bullets could be useful anyway. And the USA would be even greater without people who target honest citizen who give their time and money for what they believe in. Long Live America!

  • Kurt K says:

    Jay and Lynda I have been reading your conversation and all I can say is well done. You both where very respectful and not condescending to each other. Its that kind of dialogue we need more of to understand each other. Well done!

  • lynda downie says:

    And you. Thanks Jay. Lynda

  • jay says:

    Thanks for the thoughts Lynda. Jay

  • lynda downie says:

    Very excellent points Jay. I think it’s true that humans do experiment more than is apparent in animals. But one simple explanation could be that those we’ve domesticated in particular are denied the opportunities to explore new things. They’re caged fenced trained to obey etc. I’ve seen many bored animals seemingly resigned to the limited freedom we allow them. That’s a very profound thought to see the connection between our discontent and the answer to the riddle of the universe. Very thought provoking. I guess where we differ is that I’ve seen the unmistakable look of discontentment too in the eyes of animals even in my companions who are loved well fed and given substantial freedom.

  • jay says:

    Lynda I absolutely agree that intellect and creativity are not grounds for considering one person more important than another and that all humans are created equally. I however observe in nature a clear trend by which one species “considers” itself superior to another. The way we consider ourselves or maybe our immune system considers itself superior to the cold virus the loss of animal life for our nutrition be it vegan or non vegan are examples of a struggle between species that certainly dont consider equality in their survival strategy. But I guess it is a matter of faith. As an atheist there is probably not a lot of ground for considering yourself above another species. I furthermore agree that since we have limited insight into what animals think we should be carefull what we infer. But again one sees man go to some quite extraordinary lenghts to do some pretty silly things climbing Everest going to the moon drug abuse even experimenting with different types of food that I dont see in animals. Perhaps they just dont have the faculties to try. What I can say from experience is that I have observed in man a discontentment and I think at the heart of that discontentment lies the riddle to the universe.