Y’all know how we feel about killing animals for “trauma training” by now, right? (Hint: It sucks—to put it mildly.)
Well, after learning that live pigs are reportedly being shot and stabbed in a California avocado grove owned by police officer David Bishop—all as part of trauma training exercises conducted by Washington-based Deployment Medicine International (DMI)—we were outraged. Not only is it unnecessary to mutilate and kill pigs—or any other animals—for trauma training, but to do so in an avocado grove may be illegal.
That’s because Bishop’s land isn’t zoned for trauma or medical training exercises under the County of San Diego’s zoning ordinances. Since San Diego County allows the director of its Department of Planning and Land Use to penalize zoning violators, we’ve fired off a letter to the current director, Eric Gibson, asking him to investigate Bishop and DMI for illegal activity.
Stabbing and shooting pigs to train medical personnel how to treat human injuries is positively medieval. With all the non-animal methods that are readily available, there are better models of human anatomy and physiology than pigs. Don’t animals—and trauma victims—deserve better?
Written by Jeff Mackey