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Woody Harrelson to Army: End Warfare Tests

Written by PETA | September 14, 2011

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!

Woody 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 whole neighborhood!).

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.

 

Written by Jeff Mackey

 

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  • Gina Vanegas says:

    Thanks for showing your compassion to animals the do feel just like humans. I hope this will never happen again.

  • Nick Hunter says:

    Well Done to PETA and to Woody Harrelson for putting pressure on the US Army to stop the barbaric chemical agent poisoning of monkeys at Aberdeen Proving Ground at Maryland.Thank you to Nick Justice for ending this cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training exercises. Please Sir ensure that the transition is made to advanced human simulators forthwith! Yours Sincerely, Nicholas Hunter, Scotland

  • Charlotte Futcher says:

    Excellent news, let’s hope it is the first of many recognitions that the use of animals for such experiments is highly unethical and terribly cruel.

  • Konrad says:

    Thank you US Army for a wise decision and thank you PETA for your tiredless efforts to bring these autocities in to light.

  • Poul Erik Jensen says:

    A BIG THANKS to the U.S.ARMY for ending experiments on monkies

  • Angela Bartlett says:

    A big thank you to the US army for ending experiments on animals

  • tuomo oksanen says:

    thank you to you for this document. That we can see what s happening out there. Its terrible. What can the animals do ? Nothing ! ! ! And we ? ?

  • Muriel Servaege says:

    Thank you for stopping those experiments.

  • Silvia Rosatti says:

    Me and the all of the monkeys say: Thank You US Army!!!

  • Maria says:

    Thank you very much PETA and USA Army for not experimenting on life animals any more. Stop it immediately!!!!

  • Isabel Pereira says:

    Aberdeen Proving Ground Commanding General Nick Justice, Thank you for your wise and compassionate decision, ending cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training exercises, please Sir, ensure that the transition to simulators is made immediately. Yours sincerely, Isabel Rute Rodrigues Pereira Lisboa – Portugal

  • isadora says:

    is terrible the way animals are treated by cruel people in the name of science to stop testing, stop the testing of nerve agents in animals, animals are entitled to dignity and to die with dignity thanks!!!

  • Deborah S Van Damme says:

    This is outright EVIL. The US military is nothing but a legalized form of the “mafia” or “narcotraficantes.”

  • Darrell Brassard says:

    Good for Woody Harrelson & PETA for stopping those **** cruel experiments.  When I get a few extra bucks, I’ll send PETA a little bit of money,  I’m in the poor middle class so I can’t send much but will try to send at least $20.00 – $25.00 when I can to PETA because of their good work.  

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank You US Army!!!

  • Vania says:

    Thank you very much for ending the experiments.

  • Patrick Amori says:

    Thank you for showing as humane side!!

  • Flory De Voe says:

    Thank you U.S.Army, Peta and Woody for ending the experiments. Animals are voiceless, helpless but got senses organs like human beings. They should be treated with dignity and we need to stop this cruelty to any kind of animals or any cruelty. Animals have feelings too and we need to be their voices.. Thank you all of you for caring.

  • Eric Brooks says:

    Congratulations, to PETA, & a BIG THANK YOU, & WELL DONE! to Woody Harrelson for all you have done. Both of our nations have marched off to battle in the past, to stop this sort of thing from happening to members of our own species, yet it is treated differently when it comes to what are, undoubtedly, the most defenseless, & innocent inhabitants of the planet….the animals. let us all never, ever see war declared on the innocent again. God Bless you for all your effort PETA! Eric Brooks. Australia.

  • SO says:

    Please imagine being operated on, without anesthesia,you will realize what pain those innocent animals must be undergoing when such experiments are conducted on them.

  • Emilie says:

    This cruel practice must be stopped!!! Shame on US army forses!

  • MARCELLO says:

    is terrible the way animals are treated by cruel people in the name of science to stop testing, stop the testing of nerve agents in animals, animals are entitled to dignity and to die with dignity thanks!!!

  • Nancy Worsham says:

    Great news. It is always so helpful when celebrities support these animal causes. Thanks Woody!

  • shocked!!! says:

    millitary??? i can not believe this!!!! what/who give us the right to do this to helpless animals?!?!!!!!!!

  • LIA RODRIGUEZ says:

    Please, stop harming these animals. Just be better people, nothing good can come from this terrible actions!

  • Nicole says:

    Thanks so much!!!This is the right choice!

  • Genoveva says:

    Thank you so much to all the compassionate people involve in this most welcome and humane resolution. Stopping animal use for any cruel experiments is an intelligent and well oriented effort for a better future not just for the human animal, but for all animals in the world. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. We all must learn to share the planet by respecting the lives of all creatures.

  • Diana says:

    Please help raise the consciousness of humanity. America’s armed forces are 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. Be the Greatest you can be with Compassion for All Life.

  • krystal Harris says:

    I am glad you have finally put an end to this inhumane lab…..

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