Navy veteran Bob Barker was appalled at what he saw in undercover video footage of U.S. Coast Guard trauma training leaked to PETA. In the video, live goats are stabbed, have their internal organs pulled out, and have their limbs cut off with tree trimmers. The goats moan loudly and kick while they are being mutilated, a sign that they were not sufficiently anesthetized, while an instructor cheerfully whistles and a soldier jokes about writing songs about mutilating the animals.
As a proud vet, Bob wants members of the armed forces to have the best possible training—and that means replacing archaic and cruel animal exercises with superior lifelike human simulators that can bleed, breathe, have their bones broken, and even “die.” The simulators are already in use at many military facilities, and military regulations even require that non-animal methods be used when available. But the policy isn’t being enforced.
Bob wrote to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on PETA’s behalf to urge them to improve military trauma training by mandating that all programs use only advanced human simulators.
My own experience in the Navy left me with a strong belief that the brave Marines, sailors, Air Force members, and soldiers who risk their lives to protect our country deserve the best possible medical care, so this is not an issue that I approach lightly. It is clear from this video that dismembering and then trying to mend live goats in these crude procedures is worlds apart from treating an injured human on the battlefield. . . . I hope you will give this issue serious consideration and take steps to replace the armed forces’ use of animals for trauma training with 21st century simulation technology.
What You Can Do
Join Bob in asking Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security officials to comply with federal regulations and replace all use of animals with human simulators.