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Congress Signs Bill To Replace Animals in Training

January 4, 2013
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Source: VegNews
By: Elizabeth Castoria

The National Defense Authorization Act will stop the use of animals in military trainings.

The New Year brings good news for our four-legged friends. By signing the National Defense Authorization Act on January 2, President Obama has called for an end to the use of live animals in military training. Previously, the military used animals—usually pigs or goats—in combat-trauma training courses that involved injuring the animals (often amputating their limbs or shooting them) so that trainees could practice medical intervention on the victims, as they might an injured soldier on the battlefield. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has long lobbied to end the cruel practice, especially in light of the available human-based alternative methods, which will now be implemented.


Source: PETA

We’re starting 2013 off with a bang! President Obama has just signed into law a bill that includes language requiring the Department of Defense to create a strategy and timeline by March 1, 2013, for replacing the shooting, stabbing, and dismembering of animals in military training drills with human simulators and other modern non-animal methods.

This is a milestone moment in our ongoing campaign to stop the military from tormenting thousands of live animals each year in these archaic trauma exercises!

When this lifesaving provision was first inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act last year, PETA and its supporters sprang into action with e-mail and call-in campaigns to urge members of Congress to support the important measure. We now know that they took our concerns seriously and acted on them!

To bolster our efforts to urge the Department of Defense and Congress to address this vital issue, PETA released disturbing, never-before-seen undercover video footage this past year showing live goats who had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers in a military training drill. A PETA complaint based on the video led to federal citations for animal welfare violations and prompted Congress to request an investigation into the contractor that conducted the cruel training. PETA also coauthored a study showing that three-quarters of the U.S.’s NATO allies do not use any animals in their military medical training programs, instead employing superior non-animal methods such as humanlike simulators.

Tens of thousands of PETA members and supporters—including high-profile military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff—have written to the Department of Defense asking the agency to modernize its training program by replacing its deadly animal laboratories with more effective, human-relevant simulation tools.


every inch forward me make,
one foot ahead of the other,
less lives “they” take
of our animal
brothers ☺♥☻

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2013 1:32 pm

    every inch forward me make,
    one foot ahead of the other,
    less lives “they” take
    of our animal
    brothers ☺♥☻

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  2. Anneke Andries permalink
    January 4, 2013 1:36 pm

    this certainly is good news!

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  3. January 4, 2013 1:56 pm

    Great news Stacey thanks for sharing it

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  4. LINABADHAM permalink
    January 4, 2013 2:35 pm

    I SHOULD THINK SO TOO ! GOOD ON OBAMA FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING !!

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  5. Lori Moak-Kean permalink
    January 4, 2013 2:38 pm

    HOORAY ~ SUCH great news! here’s more about this issue that I received from PETA earlier today:
    Dear Lori,

    We’re starting 2013 off with a bang! President Obama has just signed into law a bill that includes language requiring the Department of Defense to create a strategy and timeline by March 1, 2013, for replacing the shooting, stabbing, and dismembering of animals in military training drills with human simulators and other modern non-animal methods.

    This is a milestone moment in our ongoing campaign to stop the military from tormenting thousands of live animals each year in these archaic trauma exercises!

    When this lifesaving provision was first inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act last year, PETA and its supporters sprang into action with e-mail and call-in campaigns to urge members of Congress to support the important measure. We now know that they took our concerns seriously and acted on them!

    To bolster our efforts to urge the Department of Defense and Congress to address this vital issue, PETA released disturbing, never-before-seen undercover video footage this past year showing live goats who had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers in a military training drill. A PETA complaint based on the video led to federal citations for animal welfare violations and prompted Congress to request an investigation into the contractor that conducted the cruel training. PETA also coauthored a study showing that three-quarters of the U.S.’s NATO allies do not use any animals in their military medical training programs, instead employing superior non-animal methods such as humanlike simulators.

    Tens of thousands of PETA members and supporters—including high-profile military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff—have written to the Department of Defense asking the agency to modernize its training program by replacing its deadly animal laboratories with more effective, human-relevant simulation tools.

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    • January 4, 2013 2:41 pm

      Thanks much, Lori, that is good additional information, and I’ll include it in the original alert.

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  6. David Scott permalink
    January 4, 2013 3:25 pm

    Very good news. Long over-due!

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  7. January 5, 2013 5:00 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.

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  8. Jeanne permalink
    January 6, 2013 9:01 am

    This is great news, but the animal abuse in the military is a drop in the bucket compared with the abuse of animals in medical labs. . . USELESS SUFFERING, benefiting the drug companies and “research”, seeking only to profit from the animal suffering, despite superior testing models which have been available for years!.

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  9. Jeanne permalink
    January 6, 2013 9:03 am

    IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!! NOW LET’S STOP THE USELESS, OBSCENE ANIMAL TESTING IN MEDICAL LABS AND COSMETIC HOUSES!!!!

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  10. January 7, 2013 12:57 pm

    Fantastic news but happening far too late. This should never have happened in the first place.

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  11. April 18, 2013 9:09 am

    Some really good content on this site, thanks for contribution.

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    • lindabadham permalink
      April 19, 2013 10:47 am

      MAYBE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE DARK TUNNEL, BUT. ANIMALS HAVE TO STOP BEING ABUSED WORLDWIDE ! IT HAS TO BE MADE CRIMINAL IF ANY ANIMAL IS ABUSED AT ALL FOR ANY REASON. THEY HAVE TO HAVE RIGHTS TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN PEACE, AS WE DO. ! .

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  12. May 14, 2014 12:05 am

    ฉัน หวังว่าจะได้ยิน จากคุณ

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