U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Tom Marino (R-Pa.), along with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), have introduced legislation to stop animal abuse by Department of Defense contractors.
Their great bill is the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1243/S. 498)—and it would bring an end to the military's shooting, stabbing, dismembering, burning, and killing of thousands of animals each year. Instead, troops would be given access to high-tech human-patient simulators, which are already being used by elite military units. In fact, earlier this year, the U.S. Coast Guard made this reform and will no longer use animals for these trainings.
It's an effort that PETA has been spearheading by—among many other actions—releasing never-before-seen shocking eyewitness video footage showing that live pigs, goats, and other animals are mutilated in military trauma training. The footage shows that training instructors hired by the military cut off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, and shot and stabbed live pigs and pulled out their internal organs. Some under-anesthetized animals moaned in agony.
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