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Cutting Into Live, Screaming Animals Violates Federal and DOD Regulations, Says Group
For Immediate Release:July 24, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Fort Benning, Ga. -- PETA has filed urgent complaints with
the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with Major General H. R. McMaster,
commander of Fort Benning in Georgia, calling for an immediate investigation
into a whistleblower's report that just four days ago, on July 20, members of
the 14th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Benning participated in a
trauma training exercise in which participants hacked off live goats' limbs
with hatchets and tree trimmers and cut the animals apart with deer-skinning
knives. According to the whistleblower, some goats were "screaming for
their lives" during this ordeal—a clear indication that they were conscious
and able to feel pain.
As PETA notes in its letter, both cutting into inadequately
anesthetized animals and using live animals when non-animal methods are
available are violations of Department of Defense (DOD) regulations. After PETA
footage of a similar trauma training course earlier this year, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture cited the course organizers for inadequately
anesthetizing the animals. PETA also notes that many U.S. military training
centers use only high-tech, human-like simulators that can bleed, breathe,
respond to medications, and even "die."
"Hacking off screaming animals' limbs isn't just
egregiously cruel—it's also a clear violation of DOD regulations and federal
animal protection laws," says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory
Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "PETA is ready and willing to help Fort
Benning switch to the modern, non-animal training methods that will best prepare
our service members to treat injured human beings."
Numerous studies by military and
civilian researchers have shown that personnel trained on human-like simulators
are better prepared to treat traumatic injuries than peers who were trained on
animals. The Navy Trauma Training Center, the Air Force Center for the
Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, and the Army's Rascon School of
Combat Medicine use only non-animal methods for training medical personnel. The
latter has even stated that "[t]raining on [simulators] is more realistic
to providing care for a person than training on animals."
A copy of PETA's complaints are available. For more
information, please visit PETA.org/Trauma.
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