The
military contractor that was responsible for hacking apart inadequately anesthetized goats in a crude military
trauma training exercise exposed by PETA wants to conduct 24 more training
courses—but it won’t get the chance if Congress can help it.

Violations Abound

Tier
1 Group, LLC, was made infamous when PETA released a video exposé of a U.S. Coast Guard trauma training course in which Tier 1
Group instructors cut off goats’ legs with tree trimmers, cut into the animals’
abdomens to pull out their organs, and stabbed the animals with scalpels as the
goats moaned and kicked. PETA filed a complaint, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
cited Tier 1 Group
for violating the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It was Tier 1 Group’s second AWA violation in as many
years. A U.S. Coast Guard investigation of Tier 1 Group following a PETA
complaint is still ongoing.

Congress Steps In

So
when this law-breaking company was awarded yet another military contract worth nearly $1.8 million of taxpayer money,
members of Congress were aghast. A group of 11 representatives contacted Gene
Dodaro
, comptroller general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and
called for an investigation into why Tier 1 Group received the new contract.
They cited regulations that clearly require federal contractors to abide by the
law, including the AWA. The representatives assert that Tier 1 Group’s history
of repeatedly breaking the law may be sufficient cause to revoke the new
military contract and to prevent the company from ever receiving any more
taxpayer funds.

There Is a Better Way

The
congressional representatives’ actions speak loud and clear: The government
should not pay anyone to torment
animals illegally. And it doesn’t have to. Superior humanlike simulators are already in use in military training courses in the U.S. and around the
world. The simulators are so realistic that they can cry, talk, respond to
medications, bleed, breathe, and even “die,” so it’s easy to see how
such a training tool would better prepare soldiers for what they may encounter
on the battlefield than would crudely hacking apart an animal.

What You Can Do

A
bill, the Battlefield Excellence Through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1417/S. 3418), currently
pending before Congress, would responsibly phase out the U.S. military’s use of
animals in trauma training entirely and require the use of modern simulation
technology. Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives
and ask them to cosponsor this lifesaving legislation today.

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Article source: PETA Files

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