Tell U.S. Military to Stop Mutilating Animals for Medical Training Purposes

Target: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Goal: Stop the senseless mutilation of live animals for military medical training purposes.

A recent undercover investigation revealed that at least 6,000 pigs and goats are maimed while alive for military medical training exercises each year. Their bodies are sliced open or limbs sawed off, often without adequate anesthesia, in order to train military medics in proper treatment of human injuries. Such egregious cruelty should not be tolerated in the military, especially considering that there are many more effective human-patient simulators readily available.

Disturbing video footage shows goats moaning in pain while they are stabbed and have their legs cut off with garden shears. Not only is this practice abhorrent, it could actually be counterproductive for medical trainees. Pigs and goats are much smaller than humans, have thicker skin and wildly different anatomies. Medics must often make quick decisions in life and death situations, and cannot afford to lose time trying to learn the differences between treating humans and animals. Human-patient simulators such as SimMan and the Cut Suit breathe, bleed, and have breakable bones, allowing trainees to learn proper treatment methods so they can save more lives on the battlefield.

There is absolutely no reason for such animal cruelty to continue when there are more effective training tools available. In fact, military regulations require that alternatives to animals be used whenever they exist. Demand that the military stop the senseless abuse of animals and adopt humane and more effective training methods.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Panetta,

A recent undercover investigation revealed a dark secret about the U.S. military: egregious animal abuse runs rampant in medical training exercises. Video shows goats moaning in pain while being stabbed and having their legs cut off with garden shears. Such abuse should not be tolerated in our country, and much less so in the military.

Not only are animals being senselessly mutilated–using animals for medical training could actually be counterproductive. Pigs and goats are much smaller than humans, have thicker skin and wildly different anatomies. Medics must often make quick decisions in life and death situations, and cannot afford to lose time trying to learn the differences between treating humans and animals. Readily available human-patient simulators are more effective training tools, and could help medics save more lives.

The use of animals in medical training is an archaic practice becoming increasingly uncommon around the world. Military regulations require that alternatives to animals be used whenever they exist. Please ban the military from needlessly abusing animals and encourage the adoption of humane and more effective training tools.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. You not only are unbelievable cruel to animals,- which has to be stopped at once – but also to all your society, by its effects. Do you not realize that using such horrific methods you kill these training peoples soul, so that they will radiate it to all their surroundings even without noticing it. So, be then not surprised that you have so much violence and killing even in schools. The skills you pretend to learn by this criminal action will be learned in other, human ways , but your trainings are only a disguise for some military persons´ sadism. It makes USA to seem really brutal country,in there any humanity left?

  2. frankly no need for animal experimentation in this day and age, cultured human tissues provide much more accurate experimental data

    Computerized techniques allow students to explore human or animal anatomy as often as they like, until they have fully grasped the information. Computer software can now provide detailed, sophisticated graphics, highly interactive features, videos, and in-depth accompanying text.

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