The German Military Mutilates Live Pigs in Trauma Training—Take Action!

photo of animal used for live tissue training next to image of German armed forces uniform

Each year, the German armed forces wound live pigs in gruesome trauma training exercises so that the animals can then be used as surgical stand-ins for troops wounded in combat. Not only is the practice inhumane, it’s also bad medicine. That’s because these animals have drastically different anatomy and physiology from those of humans, which makes maiming them irrelevant to human battlefield medicine.

Small pig stares at the camera

The use of animals in trauma training exercises has been abandoned by more than 70% of NATO nations, which instead now use far superior human-patient simulators and other non-animal methods.

PETA U.S. and PETA Germany have fired off a letter to Germany’s defense minister calling for an end to using animals in trauma training drills.

Will you add your voice to ours by taking action below?

️ Take Action ️

After you’ve signed the alert, please post polite comments on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts below and urge the German armed forces and the German defense minister to eliminate the use of live animals in trauma training exercises. Please don’t skip these important steps.

German armed forces:


German minister of defense:


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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