In a huge victory for vervet monkeys, U.S.
military officials have confirmed that the Army is ending cruel and archaic monthly
training exercises at the Aberdeen
Proving Ground in which monkeys are poisoned with a drug overdose that
makes them suffer from violent seizures in a crude demonstration of the effects of nerve-agent exposure. Instead of abusing terrified monkeys, Aberdeen—the only Army base in
the country that uses animals for this training—will now use human patient simulators, just as every other military facility already does.
The move follows months of vigorous campaigning by PETA.
PETA’s campaign against the barbaric chemical
casualty training exercises included a series of protests this week outside the
annual meeting of the Association
of the United States Army. Supporters of this effort included veterans,
physicians, active service members, and actor Woody Harrelson, who sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Army Chief
of Staff Ray Odierno. Many others have also been protesting at Army recruitment
centers, flooding the offices of Army officials with e-mails and phone calls, and
even gathering outside the homes of Army officials affiliated with the monkey lab. One PETA member
even disrupted a speaking event last week by Aberdeen’s commanding general, Nick Justice.
Please send an e-mail to Maj. Gen. Nick Justice to
thank him for this compassionate decision and ask that he ensure that the
transition to simulators be made immediately.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Article source: PETA Files