During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA Will Rally Support for the Switch to Superior Simulators
For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Berkeley, Calif. – What: Armed with gardening tools, cardboard goats, and posters proclaiming, “Tree Trimmers Used to Dismember Live Goats,” PETA members will head to a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment center in Berkeley on Tuesday, during World Week for Animals in Laboratories. The protesters will call for better training for military personnel and support for the bipartisan Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act, which would mandate that lifesaving medical skills be taught using effective, ethical, and economic human-patient simulation technology.
When: Tuesday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Where: Marine Corps recruitment center, 64 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—notes that service members currently cut off live goats’ broken legs with gardening tools and shoot, stab, burn, and cut apart live pigs in training drills.
“Stabbing pigs and hacking apart live goats is no way to train military personnel to treat human patients,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on the Marine Corps to replace these archaic drills with the best training possible, and that’s human-patient simulators.”