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More Than Three-Quarters of NATO Allies Use Simulators, Other Non-Animal Models
Norfolk, Va. — A new study published in
the August 2012 issue of Military Medicine, the journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.,
reveals that 22 of 28 NATO nations do not use animal laboratories for military
from PETA, in collaboration with current and former military medical personnel,
surveyed officials in all 28 NATO nations during 2010 and 2011. Twenty-two NATO
countries—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,
the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Spain, and Turkey—confirmed that they do not use animals in
military medical training. Officials reported that they use exclusively
non-animal methods—such as lifelike human simulators in realistic battlefield
scenarios—for various reasons, including legal prohibitions against animal use
and the superiority of simulation technology.
Six NATO countries—Canada, Denmark,
Norway, Poland, the U.K., and the U.S.—reported
using animals in invasive and often deadly procedures.
"The overwhelming majority of NATO
allies have moved beyond stabbing and dismembering animals in crude and cruel
training exercises," says coauthor of the study and PETA Associate
Director Justin Goodman. "Our military's regulations require using
non-animal methods whenever they are available—and PETA's report illustrates
that modern trauma-training technology is widely available around the
Each year, the U.S. military and its
contractors shoot, stab, mutilate, and kill more than 10,000 live animals in
cruel trauma-training exercises, even though modern simulators that breathe and
bleed have been shown to better prepare doctors and medics to treat injured
better than animal laboratories.
To learn more, visit PETA.org/Trauma.
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