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  • Petitioning Jonathan Woodson

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
Jonathan Woodson
Secretary of Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta (U.S. Secretary of Defense)
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

US Military: Stop Shooting, Cutting Open, and Breaking the Limbs of Living Animals

    1. James  Santos
    2. Petition by

      James Santos

      Santa Fe, NM

Thousands of live goats and pigs animals are cut apart, shot, and blown up in U.S. military training drills every year even though humane methods like human-patient simulators that provide more effective and realistic training are available and military regulations require that alternatives to animals be used whenever they exist.

As a physician and retired Navy medical officer, I know what it takes to save the lives of soldiers and civilians. And I can say as someone who has participated in animal laboratories that they did not improve my ability to treat humans and that the skills needed to treat traumatic injuries are best acquired without hurting any animals.

So I was shocked and disappointed to see this newly released hidden-camera video footage of live goats who had their limbs chopped off during a recent U.S. military training exercise (warning: graphic footage).

Crudely practicing emergency medical techniques on small, anesthetized animals is nothing like treating moving, screaming soldiers who have been injured in combat. Compared with humans, goats and pigs are much smaller, their skin is thicker, and the anatomy of their organs, blood vessels, skeletons are drastically different.

On the battlefield, military physicians, medics, and corpsmen must make quick life-and-death decisions and do not have the luxury of spending time to make sense of the drastic anatomical differences between humans and goats before treating their wounded comrades.

Unlike animal laboratories, simulators like SimMan and the Cut Suit have the right anatomy and can respond to medications and treatments just like a human would. This is acknowledged by many military facilities in the US, including the Navy Trauma Training Center in California where no animals are used, and by militaries in other countries around the world that use only non-animal methods for training. 95 percent of civilian medical training programs—including at prestigious facilities like Harvard and Yale—have completely replaced the use of animals for
training in how to treat traumatic injuries like those covered in these military courses.

Switching to simulators that more realistically replicate human war injuries will not only spare thousands of animals' lives, but it ultimately will improve the training experience for soldiers and better equip them to save human lives.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. USDA Cites Training Contractor

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      PETA just posted this update that we wanted to share with you.

      "Following complaints filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Tier 1 Group, a military trauma training contractor, over abuse to goats seen in an undercover video released by PETA earlier this year, and the Virginia Beach Zoning Administration (VBZA) has warned the owner of the property where the training allegedly took place that these exercises are not permitted there."

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures

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    • Sarah Moore FUQUAY-VARINA, NC
      • about 18 hours ago

      How is the government supposed to enforce animal cruelty laws when they allow this to go on. It is the same as someone treating an animal like this in their home.

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    • Elizabeth Romberger PHILLIPSBURG, NJ
      • 1 day ago

      I'm ashamed of the US Military, this is a disgrace to our country.

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    • Abigail Jones PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 1 day ago

      God put animals on the earth for man to what will with them, however, man should not abuse them when better and more realistic alternatives exist!

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    • Sara Koziol JOLIET, IL
      • 5 days ago

      All animals deserve to LIVE in peaceful harmony.

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    • liam myers PORTLAND, OR
      • 13 days ago

      Practice should not be torture.

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