PETA has fired off a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps commandant urging an end to barbaric animal exploitation for "survival training."
For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2020
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Washington – Following the release of horrifying photos showing U.S. Marines at the annual Cobra Gold training event in Thailand drinking the blood of decapitated cobras, eating live scorpions and skinned geckos, and even killing chickens with their bare hands, PETA rushed a letter to the commandant of the Marine Corps urging him to end the exercises involving animals immediately.
“The photos showing giddy Marines swallowing scorpions and guzzling cobra blood are more reminiscent of a frat party gone wrong than a military drill,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA is calling on the Marine Corps to take immediate action to replace this barbaric exploitation of animals with cutting-edge, technology-based survival training courses that will better prepare troops.”
PETA notes that there are more effective non-animal training options, including interactive video games with food procurement components, virtual reality methods that survival experts use to train Air Force pilots, and instructional books and videos authored by experts who have trained U.S. Army Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) instructors.
In 2011, the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center suspended its use of live animals in its survival training courses following discussions with PETA. And nearly three decades ago, the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground canceled a survival skills training course using animals after PETA asked then–Defense Secretary Les Aspin to intervene.