Joanna Krupa Thanks Polish Military for Replacing Animals With Modern Simulators in Cruel Trauma Training Drills

Polish-Born Supermodel Hopes Rest of NATO Allies Will Follow Poland's Lead and Stop Torturing Animals in Deadly Medical Exercises

For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2013

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

This morning, Polish-born supermodel and Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa sent a letter to Poland Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak congratulating him for replacing the use of animals in all military medical training exercises with modern simulators after discussions with PETA and its international affiliates.

The Polish military opted to change its policy after PETA provided information on the superiority of human-patient simulators and nearly 30,000 concerned people around the world urged the switch through PETA’s website. Studies show that medical-care providers who learn trauma treatment using life-like simulators that replicate human anatomy and physiology are better prepared to treat people than those who are trained by cutting into animals who have been shot and dismembered.

Poland’s decision means that more than 80 percent of NATO nations are now training service members without harming any animals, leaving only a handful of countries, including the U.S., still using animals.

“The U.S. is so progressive in so many ways, but in this instance, the Old Country has it beat,” Krupa says. “I am so proud of my homeland for taking such a strong stand against cruelty to animals.”

Krupa hopes the momentum generated by Poland’s action will encourage the five remaining NATO countries—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S.—that still stab, shoot, burn, and kill animals in military training drills to change their policies as well.

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Joanna Krupa’s letter to Poland National Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak follows and can also be viewed here.


November 25, 2013


The Honorable Tomasz Siemoniak
Minister of National Defence

ul. Klonowa 1
00-909 Warszawa


Dear Minister:

As a native Pole, I am so pleased to learn from my friends at PETA that the Polish military has made the compassionate decision to replace the use of live animals for medical training drills with sophisticated 21st century simulators.

I am proud that my home country recognizes that the lives of animals matter and that there are more humane and effective ways to teach people how to perform lifesaving medical treatments than by hurting animals.

I know that the momentum created by Poland’s progressive example will encourage the five remaining NATO countries—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S.—that still shoot, stab, burn, and kill animals in their military training drills to modernize their practices.

Thank you very much for your kindness to animals.

Yours sincerely,

Joanna Krupa

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