Target: Canadian Minister of National Defense, Peter MacKay
Goal: Use human simulators in Canadian military trainings instead of live pigs.
The Canadian military uses pigs in cruel “live agent training” drills that expose the animals to toxic chemical weapons causing seizures, irregular heartbeats, difficulty breathing, bleeding, and sometimes death. Lifelike human patient simulators are available to mimic the human response to a chemical-weapon attack without harming innocent animals. Please sign this petition and urge the Canadian Minister of National Defense to use modern, non-animal methods in military training.
According to a report in the journal of Military Medicine, only six of 28 NATO countries still employ animal based techniques in an era where “superior non-animal training methods are widely available.” Canada’s own animal welfare guidelines require that alternatives to the use of animals be used when available. Despite the fact that these practices are immoral, inhumane, cruel, and illegal in Canada, they are also ineffective. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, “comparative studies have repeatedly shown that simulation-based trauma training better equips trainees to perform these procedures. There is absolutely no evidence that animal laboratories are superior in any way.” Furthermore, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal, have repeatedly concluded that because of the fundamental biological differences among species, animal tests do not reliably predict outcomes in humans.
Non-animal methods usually take less time to complete trainings, and cost only a fraction of what animal experiments cost. Researchers do not have to calculate the possible differences in species when using human simulators, leading to more precise information relevant for predicting a human response. Please sign this petition to urge the Canadian Minister of National Defense to stop the use of live animal testing in military training practices, in favor of low-cost and effective human simulators.
Dear Mr. MacKay,
Despite Canadian animal welfare guidelines requiring that alternatives to the use of animals be used in military trainings when available, the Canadian military continues to use pigs in chemical weapons trainings. During these “live agent training” drills, pigs are exposed to toxic chemical weapons such as sarin and mustard agents, causing seizures, irregular heartbeats, difficulty breathing, bleeding, and sometimes death.
Cost-efficient and effective human patient simulators are being used worldwide as alternatives to the cruel and inhumane use of live animals in chemical-casualty training. Please stop the illegal use of live pigs in Canada’s military training procedures in favor of simulators that produce more effective results, cost less than live-animal trainings, and spares pigs from the archaic and cruel exposure to harmful chemicals.
Canada is one of only five other NATO countries still using live animals in military trainings. Most countries avoid the practice, illustrating the available alternatives to abusing animals for training purposes. Recent research has recognized the lack of relevancy produced by animal studies for use in predicting human behavior. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have repeatedly concluded that due to the fundamental biological differences among species, animal training results do not reliably predict outcomes in humans. Animal based trainings can produce misleading results when applied to human health relevancy.
Please stop using pigs and other animals in military trainings in favor of effective and cost-conscious human simulators that do not inflict harm on defenseless animals.
[Your Name Here]
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