“Medics to do no harm to animals …”
Yesterday (2/25), The Washington Post ran a cover story highlighting PETA’s vigorous and long-standing efforts to stop the U.S. military from shooting, stabbing, dismembering, and killing thousands of goats and pigs each year in crude medical training drills.
Our years of campaigning for the use of more humane and effective training methods recently pinnacled when President Barack Obama signed a bill requiring the Department of Defense to submit to Congress, by this-coming Friday, a detailed strategy and timeline for the phase-out of these deadly exercises. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed a bill that seeks to protect animals from being abused in military training exercises.
As The Washington Post story discusses, this effort was bolstered last year when PETA released disturbing, never-before-seen undercover footage showing live goats as they were stabbed, had their organs yanked out, and had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers during a military training drill, all while the animals moaned and kicked. The video prompted action by federal authorities and Congress and led to an international outcry from compassionate people like you, including high-profile military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff as well as current and former military doctors and medics.
On top of that, PETA researchers and military doctors published a first-of-its-kind study in the military’s own medical journal showing that the U.S. is shamefully one of the last NATO nations that still maims and torments animals for medical training.
In recent years, we’ve convinced the Army and Navy to replace cruel training laboratories involving monkeys, cats, and ferrets in favor of human-like simulators. Now we’re close to ending the abuse of the animals most frequently and violently killed by the military.
Thank you for supporting these efforts. We urge you now to take a moment to write to the Department of Defense so that it hears loud and clear that the public wants an immediate switch from cruel animal laboratories to modern and humane simulation tools.
this is the 21st century,
there is no sane reason to be
animals are our compadres,
there are humane alternatives,
simulations you can use.
animal life is to be cherished,
Karen Lyons Kalmenson