Animals Still Being Used for Military Trauma Training

By Glauce Ferrari — August 24, 2012

Pic by Greg Straight Edge

Countless animals are mutilated and killed every year during trauma training exercises by the US military. According to PETA US, “In trauma training exercises, live pigs are shot, stabbed, and set on fire, and live goats have their legs broken with bolt cutters and cut off with shears. These animals are also often forced to suffer through hellish conditions as they are transported to facilities for this training.”

Director Oliver Stone, who served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, made news recently when he appeared in a video for PETA to expose and condemn the cruelty inflicted on animals during these training exercises.

Sadly, the US is not alone. The six NATO countries that continue to use live animals during trauma training are the the UK, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Poland, and the US. Most NATO countries, however, have ended these practices. According to an article published this week by PETA UK, today more than three-quarters (22 of 28) of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries are no longer using animals during these training exercises “because they recognize that animal training bears no resemblance to real battlefield conditions.”

You can tell the US Congress to end military trauma training on animals by clicking here. And if you live in one of the countries continuing to use animals for military trauma training, contact your local representatives.

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