In addition to the millions of pigs who are killed on factory farms annually, tens of thousands more are abused in U.S. laboratories.
In U.S. military trauma training courses, these sensitive, intelligent beings are shot, stabbed, dismembered, and burned. An observer at a trauma training session described what happened to one pig: "They shot him twice in the face with a 9-millimeter pistol, and then six times with an AK-47 and then twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. And then he was set on fire. I kept him alive for 15 hours."
Pigs are mutilated and killed in invasive and deadly surgical training exercises at universities and hospitals. In the exercises, holes are cut into the animals' throats, needles are stabbed into their bones, and the tissue surrounding their hearts and organs is removed. These deadly and archaic laboratories continue even though modern and superior non-animal simulation methods that better prepare trainees to treat human patients exist.
Pigs have their skin scorched off in burn experiments and are also frequently tormented in xenotransplantation exercises (procedures in which organs are transferred from one species to another).
You can help stop this. Take a stand against animal testing. Sign PETA's pledge to be cruelty-free and only support companies and charities that do not fund or conduct cruel experiments on animals.
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