Stop cruely shooting live pigs for military training
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Stop cruely shooting live pigs for military training

    1. Anja Groteluschen
    2. Petition by

      Anja Groteluschen

      Huntly, United Kingdom

Animals have feelings. They feel pain, anxiety. In this case live pigs ar shot for the "benefit" of medical training to surgeons.
This is forbidden under UK law which is why they outsourced the training to a NATO base in Denmark.
Even though the public has protested about this the MoD stands by its decision to use living pigs for this cruel exercise.
This is unjustifiable, please sign this petition and help save the saves of those pigs as they cant fight for themselves.
Thank you.

This is a BBC article about this case:

link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20383673

MoD defends using shot pigs in military training

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has defended allowing military surgeons to practise on live pigs that have been shot to replicate battlefield injuries.

 

The MoD said the training, which takes place twice a year in Denmark, gave surgeons "invaluable experience" and "helped save lives on operations".

 

Animal rights group Peta called for an end to the "barbaric" exercise, saying surgeons could use human simulators.

 

It could not be justified "medically, ethically and educationally", it said.

 

RSPCA spokesperson Klare Kennett said: "The practice of shooting and injuring pigs for Army surgeons to practice their skills on is abhorrent and shocking.

 

"Pigs are intelligent animals and most people would be appalled by this, especially as there is an alternative available which does not involve harming any animals."

'Cruel exercises'

The UK government suspended the training courses in the summer of 1998 after they were brought to the attention of ministers who said they had not been aware of them.

 

The courses were reinstated after a government-commissioned study found that "no equally effective alternative" could be identified and that it was "entirely appropriate and, indeed, necessary" for military surgeons to go through the training.

 

During training courses, the animals are heavily anaesthetised - both before being shot and throughout exercises - and are attended at all times by veterinary staff.

 

The MoD says they are later killed humanely.

 

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This training has helped save lives on operations and by participating in the Danish exercises we minimise the overall number of animals used”

 

The department was responding to a report in the Mail on Sunday which said British surgeons treated 18 pigs that had been shot at a three-day training course earlier this month in Jaegerspris.

 

The pigs were tranquilised and shot at close range "to damage organs but not kill the animals", the paper said.

 

Peta says that "life-like human simulators that 'breathe' and 'bleed' in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown to better prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans than animal laboratories".

 

Peta's UK associate director Mimi Bekhechi said "the overwhelming majority of the UK's Nato allies do not shoot, stab and dismember animals for their military training exercises".

 

She condemned the MoD's decision "to ship out members of the armed forces for deadly and cruel exercises in Denmark", saying they would be illegal if conducted in the UK.

 

The MoD says that, while it would not be illegal to carry out similar training in the UK, the Home Office would have to give its approval on a case-by-case basis.

 

"This training provides invaluable experience, exposing our surgical teams to the specific challenges posed by the injuries of modern armed conflict," a spokesperson said.

 

"This training has helped save lives on operations and by participating in the Danish exercises we minimise the overall number of animals used."

 

To:
MOD, MoD Public Enquiry Office, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB
Stop cruely shooting live pigs for military training
It is a cruel exercise and although you claim it is a neccessary training step please find alternative training that complies with UK law and does not include the torture and slaughter of animals for medical training.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Written to MoD through their Homepage Ask a Minister

      Anja Groteluschen
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all,
      I have just written to the MoD and requested them to stop this cruel practice.
      If any of you would write to them too. And request that they stop this than you can do this at the following homepage:

      http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/ContactUs/AskAMinister.htm

      Thanks for all your signatures,
      keep sharing and recruiting.

      Together we can make a difference.
      Anja

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • lori surdam TONAWANDA, NY
      • 9 months ago

      This is useless and must stop!

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    • angela compton HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      The MOD! should be ashamed of itself! KILLING! Innocent animals for training exercises, STOP!!! this Cruelty!

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    • Sandra O"Shea SUTTON,, MA
      • 9 months ago

      There are other less cruel ways than to use a living breathing animal.

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    • hülya yargic İZMIR, TURKEY
      • 9 months ago

      dünyada gereksiz yere canlılara yapılan zulüm durdurulmalıdır.merhamet edin canlılara.

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    • ERNA Schandl ÖSTERREICH, AUSTRIA
      • 9 months ago

      ICH ES NICHT FASSE, DASS SO ETWAS PASSIERT UND UNGESTRAFT SEIN DARF!!!! WAS IST MIT DER MENSCHHEIT LOS?? DIE MENSCHEN SIND DIE BARBARISCHSTE, GRAUSAMSTE, HERZLOSESTE UND MORDLÜSTERNSTE SPEZIES AUF DIESEM PLANETEN! ICH BIN SO WAS VON ANGEWIDERT VON DEN LEUTEN, DIE TIERE QUÄLEN, SIE SEXUELL MISSBRAUCHEN, FOLTERN, ZU FORSCHUNGSZWECKEN BENUTZEN, UNSERE TIERE IN JEDER HINSICHT MISSBRAUCHEN UND TÖTEN!!! STOPPT DAS SOFORT BITTE, DAS VERABSCHEUUNGSWÜRDIGE VERHALTEN DER MENSCHEN!!!! DIESE LEUTE EKELN MICH AN !!!!

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