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Video: Goats Hacked Apart in Military Training

Written by PETA | April 18, 2012

Thanks to a brave whistleblower, PETA has obtained horrific undercover video of live animals whose limbs were cut off for an archaic military training drill. The course was held earlier this year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, by private contractor Tier 1 Group. 

In the shocking video, instructors repeatedly crack and cut off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stab the animals with scalpels to cause internal injuries, and cut into their abdomens to crudely pull out their organs. Some of the goats moan loudly and kick their legs during the mutilations, which veterinarians who viewed the video say are signs that the goats were not adequately anesthetized and may have even been feeling pain.

The disturbing video footage shows a callous course instructor who cheerfully whistles while dismembering goats as well as members of the Coast Guard who joke about writing a song about mutilating the animals.

According to the whistleblower, later in the day the goats were shot in the face with pistols and were hacked apart with an ax while still alive. 

Today, there are high-tech humanlike simulators available specifically for military training that can breathe, bleed, cry, talk, and respond to medications. These human-based methods are obviously more humane and effective than cutting apart, blowing up, shooting, and killing thousands of animals every year. One shockingly realistic simulator is a special suit designed to be worn by a human actor that enables military personnel to safely perform emergency surgical procedures on a live human without any injury to the person.

Last year, PETA helped end an Army course that involved poisoning monkeys with chemicals, and we’ve saved ferrets and cats from other cruel military training courses by convincing military officials to switch to modern simulators. 

The evidence of the superiority of these state-of-the-art simulation methods is so overwhelming that Congress has introduced legislation to phase out the use of animals in military training in favor of non-animal methods.

We Need All Hands on Deck

Military medical experts, veterans, and civilian physicians are joining PETA in urging U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other military officials to immediately end the use of animals in military trauma training exercises. And we need your help, too! 

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  • Wildlife Warrior says:

    Even if this was the most realistic type of training, it should still be ended, because humans are worth no more than a goat!

  • Vickie Martin says:

    This has to be the most ridiculously cruel act by the military that I have ever witnessed. There is no sensible cause for acts of animal cruelty, why would the military subject these animals to such horrendous pain.
    Please stop these senseless acts of animal cruelty.

  • George C says:

    The humanity, decency, and judgment of those administrators involved in this atrocity is beyond barbaric and satanic. No reason No excuses. No benefit whatsoever. This is pure evil.

  • Ben K says:

    My dad is a vet and he extremely disagrees with the amount of extremism that this Tier 1 group uses on the animals without antithetics but the fact is how does this video announcer even know what battlefield conditions are like? he is probably an eco freak behind a desk. I do disagree with the extreme use of animals like this but it has to be done to save lives.

  • desratlinda says:

    god,I wish the world would end right now, I would don’t want to live in this kind of world!!

  • Retribution Will Come says:

    This does NOT help train military to save lives, repeat this does NOT train them to save lives! The training can be done in real time on real combat situations as they come when their need to save lives becomes paramount. This is just psycho excsues to brutalize an innocent animal. The military excuse is invalid and ridiculous! Train on real humans and leave the animals alone! After all YOU want to kill other humans! Train on the HUNTERS from Canada. Train your skills on THEM! The Day of Retribution is coming! We are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us.

  • caveman says:

    it helps soldier save lives by understanding how to treat wounds that they will see while in combat yes i t my seem brutal to some of you but when it come between an animal and a soldier i say give the soldier all tools he or she needs. for those of you crying about your tax dollars, stop paying oh thats right you’ll have the government come down on you.

  • Sylvie Auger says:

    Aucun pays ne devrait permettre que ses soldats se comportent de cette manière à l’égard des animaux. Vous n’avez pas le droit de disposer ainsi des animaux. De grâce, cessez de faire souffrir des animaux pour le plaisir de vos soldats.

  • Marin says:

    I can’t even comprehend how some people are justifying the cruelty in this video. “This saves lives,” how does taking a life save a life? Oh, because human lives are worth more than the lives of other “lesser” animals, right? Until all of society realizes a life is a life, no matter if that life belongs to a human or a goat, this kind of cruelty and murder will continue.

  • What Thehell says:

    If we first stopped with the needless wars we could then stop with the needless animal training. There is no rationale for this behavior. Not towards humans, and not towards animals.

  • Lisa K says:

    What I am reading from people who are in the military and attend these seminars is ridiculous. Cutting a live animal to pieces is horrific. Doctors do not go to medical school and practice their training on live humans! What the army is doing is inhumane….lack of care for animals who cannot defend themselves against the evil of mankind.

  • gonnabea8404 says:

    I am a Navy Corpsman with a combat deployment. I have attended this training and at my last duty station I became involved in teaching this course. I have both used the medical simulators and worked in a level one trauma center. All of these modes of training serve a different purpose. This “live tissue training” provides invaluable confidence in your gear. This is the only training in which the ACTUAL equipment an operator will carry into combat is used, not analogues as with simulators or the completely different tools and techniques in the ER. The goats groaning IS NOT an indication of him coming out of anesthesia, a licensed Veterinarian and Vet Technicians are on had at all times. Everyone that intends to go into harms way should take with them the best training, techniques, and equipment. As unpalatable as it is for many, this is it. This training saves lives.

  • cory says:

    a member as us military this training is key to teaching people how to save lives. its better than having a marine shot and u not knowing what to do……….. kill one pig save 50 marines……. things that you dont think of… i have supported peta for a long time but this training is key to saving lives of people… you dont know b/c you have not been there

  • Will says:

    It ain’t pretty, but learning battlefield medicine can’t be done out of a book. I couldn’t do it, but to engage in hyperbole of the sort I’m seeing because they’re trying to learn to save human lives is counter-productive. I can’t even imagine the cost of providing all the magical animatronic practice dummies they’d need for training.

  • jennifer says:

    what is wrong with us, is this what we really want, what kind of people are we creating, this is how leaders like Hilter come to be.

  • keith says:

    As always you have to try to understand who wants these wars to flourish and for what reason Lisa. But this does not excuse this, Nothing short of horrendous barbaric inhumane torture of sentient creatures : and we have the cheek to say the Taliban live in the stone ages. Also if anybody has the time read a book written by Bridgette Gabriele a Arab Christian who fled with her parents to America. Might open a few eyes to my first few lines though.

  • Alexis Klatt says:

    Man’s inhumanity to man begins with the lack of care of our animals. Is this what WAR does to people or does hurting animals begin in childhood? This is purely DEMONIC! In the account of Genesis it says, “God looked down upon mankind & felt sorry he had created us, since our hearts were only on bad all the time.” He then decided to bring the flood of Noah’s day. This next time he says the heavens are stored up for fire to cleanse his earth from all badness. I sure hope it comes soon. Mankind, alienated from his creator, never learns & if God didn’t step in, we’d end up destroying the earth & everything on it.

  • Joseph Garone says:

    I did not even watch the video but just the idea of what they are doing is sickening I would like to see how they laugh and joke if the tables were turned . I am appalled that this is what our government is doing with the taxpayers money

  • Joel Renee says:

    We create Our future by the way we treat others, especially the helpless, elderly, children and animals. Panda bears were once carnivores but changed & evolved for over a million years! Why are we humans so foolish, so careless? This cruelty must be stopped – please speak out for peace – for all, including goats!

  • Rox In T.O. says:

    I and not able to watch such unspeakable cruelty. It is bad for my Chi. The written story was enough to cause distress. My face feels warm, tears welling up in my eyes, my heart racing. What is Wrong with these People? What is wrong with our World?

  • Dorry M. says:

    Using high tech simulators is best for our soldiers as well as animals. The military must stop using animals – the US is better than that. Kudos to peta for making such headway in this fight.

  • Lisa says:

    This is one of the most sickening traumatic video’s ive ever watched on PETA and ive watched a few on PETA over the years ive seen shocking disturbing footage on youtube of your Military torturing hacking up live animals ive even commented about them saying what a disgrace your military are and to the rest of the world as a result i was emailed death threats by americans. After watching this latest footage i stick with what i said before, you should be ashamed of your Army and quite frankly they dont deserve to be fighting side by side with other Nationalities in Afganistan, i know all Countries are not perfect and we all have some kind of animal abuse but atleast these Countries are trying to change things, what about Bolivia i think by far the most historic victory everyone around the world was outraged when they watched the video of 2009 of the Bolivian Army stabbing cutting up live dogs hearing them cry, alot of the outraged people were americans so why do you still let your own Military continue to torture animals??? When you hear the goat moan while its having its leg hacked off and intesines pulled out do’snt that move you atall????

  • diana elder says:

    this is unreal..barbaric and must stop…these are not people doing this..these are MONSTERS…step up and do the right thing…end this horror!!