For the third year in a row, PETA received confirmation from a senior Thai military official that Cobra Gold, a joint multinational military exercise held in Thailand and attended by the U.S. military, would not involve any animal killings during its survival training drills. These drills were known to be barbaric, cruel, and potentially illegal, requiring troops to kill chickens with their bare hands, consume live scorpions and tarantulas, skin and eat live geckos, and decapitate cobras and drink their blood. PETA’s previous exposé, which included shocking video footage, first led to a halt to these atrocities in 2021.
“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