You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, one protester got a swift response when he demanded change from U.S. Army Major General Nick Justice. While the ironically named military man was speaking in front of peers at a conference at the University of Maryland, a PETA member leapt up in front of the crowd and called Justice out for allowing cruel chemical casualty training exercises on live vervet monkeys:
At the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, where Justice is the commanding general, vervet monkeys are injected with severe drug overdoses, which cause them to seize, twitch, vomit, and even stop breathing. One trainee compared a monkeys’ reaction to a Chihuahua “s***ting razor blades.” The exercises are a medieval attempt at recreating the effects of a nerve agent attack on humans, but because the human response and the monkey response are quite different, trainees leave ill-prepared to handle such a crisis.
More enlightened U.S. military chemical casualty training programs use only sophisticated human-patient simulators that can be programmed to mimic actual human responses to a nerve agent attack.
You say you got a real solution? Well, you know, you can ask the White House to require Aberdeen Proving Ground to switch to superior human-patient simulators and save animal and human lives by adding your name to this petition.
Written by Michelle Kretzer