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The Department of Defense continues to shoot, stab, dismember, burn, and kill thousands of animals each year during combat-medic training.
PETA has led the effort to end this cruel, archaic practice by—among many other actions—releasing shocking, never-before-seen eyewitness video footage showing 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.
After meeting with PETA, the U.S. Coast Guard became the first branch of the armed forces to end the use of animals for this self-proclaimed "abhorrent" training in favor of advanced human-simulation technology. Also, a bipartisan law included a PETA-backed provision that—for the first time—made human-simulation technology the new gold standard of trauma training, meaning that the U.S. military must use it before considering harming any animals in trauma drills. While the number of animals used in this training has decreased, the practice persists.
Military Medical Experts Agree
Animals have different anatomy and physiology from that of humans, so using a pig or a goat in these cruel, expensive, and ineffective trauma training drills doesn't accurately teach human medicine. Sophisticated human-patient simulators, on the other hand, can accurately mimic severe bleeding, breathing difficulties, responses to medications, and even death in humans.
U.S. Army Brigadier General, physician, and former member of Congress Dr. Joe Heck concurs with PETA that trauma training using live animals—known as "live tissue training"—provides inferior results:
As a … physician in the U.S. Army Reserve who commanded the emergency room of a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, I support the elimination of Live Tissue Training (LTT). . . .
[T]he anatomy of goats and pigs does not realistically replicate that of a human, gives combat medics a false confidence in their skills, and causes them to develop inaccurate muscle memory in the performance of critical, life-saving skills.
Please send a polite e-mail urging the Department of Defense to end the use of animals in all military trauma training and to use superior human-simulation technology instead.
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