‘Pigs’ to Protest Air Force Secretary’s Speech Over Deadly Trauma Training on Animals

PETA to Call On Military to Use Human-Patient Simulators Instead

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2016

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Three “pigs”—wrapped in “bloody” bandages and using crutches, a walker, and an IV pole—will lead a group of PETA members in a protest of the military’s inferior, expensive, and cruel trauma drills on live animals outside the TechNet Air conference, where Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James will give a keynote speech on Tuesday morning.

Where:           Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market St., San Antonio

When:            Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 a.m.

Thousands of healthy pigs and other animals are shot, stabbed, burned, and cut apart each year by the U.S. military in medical training drills, which the Air Force’s own researchers say should be replaced with widely available superior human-patient simulators.

A PETA eyewitness video documented one of these crude courses led by an Air Force contractor.

“Shooting, stabbing, and dismembering live pigs is as cruel as it is inferior,” says PETA Director Justin Goodman. “PETA is calling on Secretary James to help replace the military’s archaic trauma drills on live animals with more effective, economical, and ethical simulators that better teach troops how to treat human injuries.”

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