Protesters to Hack Apart ‘Goat’ in Call for Animal-Free Military Training

During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA Will Rally Support for Troops, Human-Patient Simulators

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Fayetteville, N.C.What:    Armed with tree trimmers, PETA members dressed in lab coats will hack apart a stuffed “goat” outside the Honeycutt Road entrance to Fort Bragg on Thursday, during World Week for Animals in Laboratories. The protesters will call for better training for military medical personnel and support for the bipartisan Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act, which would ensure that service members stop cutting apart live animals and instead learn lifesaving medical skills with effective, ethical, and economic human-patient simulation technology.

When:    Thursday, April 27, 12 noon

Where:    Honeycutt Road entrance, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville

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 tree trimmers 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 Fort Bragg to support the BEST Practices Act, which would replace these archaic drills with the best training possible, and that’s human-patient simulators.”

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