Members of PETA’s research staff worked with current and
former military medical officers to survey officials in all 28 NATO countries
regarding their military medical training programs, and now their
findings—showing that more than three-quarters of those nations do not use any animals—have
been published in the August issue of Military Medicine, the prestigious journal of the Association
of Military Surgeons of the U.S. The study’s publication is just the most
recent advance in PETA’s campaign to end archaic, cruel, and deadly trauma training exercises by U.S. armed forces.
Compassion, Domestic Cruelty
The 22 enlightened
countries—among which are France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain—rely exclusively on a variety of non-animal training
methods, including the use of lifelike human simulators in realistic battlefield scenarios.
Just six NATO countries, including (sadly) the U.S. and Canada,
continue to use animals in invasive
and often deadly procedures. Each year, the U.S. military and its
contractors shoot, stab, mutilate, and kill more than 10,000 live animals in barbaric
and antiquated trauma training exercises, even though modern simulators that
breathe and bleed have been shown to better prepare doctors and medics to treat
injured humans than animal laboratories.
As the study’s authors state:
Although animal use
in [military medical training] continues in some NATO countries, the
overwhelming majority avoid this practice, which illustrates alternatives to
the use of animals are available and that animal use is not essential.
What You Can Do
Tell Congress that it’s time to catch
up to our allies and completely replace the use of animals in military trauma
training with superior non-animal training methods.
Article source: PETA Files