No Animals Will Die in Thai Military Drills; U.S. Army Should Follow Suit Here in the U.S.

For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see PETA Vice President Shalin Gala’s statement regarding the confirmation that U.S. Marine and Thai military service members won’t kill any animals during Cobra Gold 2023:

A top Thai official directly confirmed to PETA that for the third year running, no animals will be killed during Cobra Gold exercises, which are occurring right now in Thailand. It’s a welcome sign that this “frat party gone wrong” spectacle is now receiving the dishonorable discharge it deserves.

This development follows PETA’s release of shocking video footage and our exposé showing that U.S. Marines were previously forced to kill chickens with their bare hands, skin and eat live geckos, consume live scorpions and tarantulas, and decapitate cobras and drink their blood.

PETA is now calling out the U.S. Army for its shameful policy that explicitly permits formerly banned laboratory experiments involving the wounding of dogs, cats, marine animals, and primates with weapons and attempts to conceal this unethical practice as “classified” information.

If the U.S. military can do right by animals in Thailand, it should also do right by them at home.

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