Army Scales Back Animal Use in Cruel Trauma Training

April 2013

Following more than three decades of campaigning by PETA, the Army Medical Department’s Office of the Surgeon General confirmed a major shift in Army policy that will significantly reduce the number of animals cut apart, shot, stabbed, and killed in archaic trauma training drills at military bases. Specifically, a new Army policy prohibits the use of animals to train nonmedical personnel and states that these soldiers should be trained using exclusively “commercial training manikins, moulaged actors, cadavers, or virtual simulators.” PETA continues to press the entire military to replace cruel trauma exercises on animals with modern non-animal methods for all service members.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind