November 25, 2015
When PETA learned from a whistleblower that government contractor SIMMEC Training Solutions was regularly trucking in military personnel to shoot and kill pigs on the property of a San Diego County horse ranch, we investigated the allegations and discovered that the cruel courses likely violated local zoning ordinances. We quickly filed a complaint days before the course was set to start, and county officials issued a cease-and-desist order that prevented the training. Twenty pigs’ lives were saved by the cancellation of the course, and the ranch that leased the property to SIMMEC terminated its contract. Further, following PETA’s complaint to the U.S. Navy, which had awarded SIMMEC a contract worth more than $300,000.00 to shoot and stab live animals in deadly trauma training exercises, the agency confirmed our allegations and ordered SIMMEC to stop all work on this contract.