Dressed in military-style uniforms, PETA members hacked apart a realistic “goat” outside the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting center in Jacksonville today. With signs proclaiming, “Docs & Veterans Want to End Crude Mutilation Drills,” the protesters called for an end to the military’s inferior, expensive, and cruel trauma drills on live animals performed for Camp Lejeune personnel.
Live goats’ legs are broken and cut off with tree trimmers and pigs are shot, stabbed, burned, and cut apart by the U.S. military in training drills—which the Department of Defense’s own researchers say should be replaced with widely available, superior human-patient simulators.
What You Can Do
Urge your congressional representatives to cosponsor the bipartisan Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act(S. 587/H.R. 1095), which will spare animals’ lives and ensure that servicemembers learn lifesaving medical skills via the most effective modern technology.