Target: United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
Goal: Discontinue the use of live animals in medical and combat training
Animals have long been used for medical and combat training in the military. Although laws regarding animal welfare in military training have been revised for the better, animals are still being severely harmed in the Air Force during combat trauma and medical training. Their defense is that the use of live animals is necessary for specific measures of training and instruction. The truth is, more humane alternatives are available.
Retired special operations master sergeant Ben Rogers recalls how animals were treated in the Air Force during the 1980s. Dogs were used for practicing medical procedures, some of which were never actually used outside of training, such as cutting veins and inserting catheters. Today, pigs are used for medical and trauma training in the Air Force. The animals are subjected to serious injuries, similar to those acquired in combat, while the trainees attempt to keep them alive. The pigs are then euthanized when practice is finished. The torture these animals are subjected to is obviously cruel. Luckily, there are alternatives. Simulators are a humane alternative that are often used in the military and should always be used when conducting trauma training.
There is nothing that can justify the mistreatment of animals in the military. Along with Ben Rogers, several other former Air Force personnel are banding together to put an end to the use of animals in Air Force training. We should follow in their footsteps by petitioning the Air Force Special Operations Command to stop using live animals for medical and combat trauma training.
It’s no secret that the Air Force has been using live animals in training for years. Today, pigs are still used for combat trauma and medical training in the U.S. Air Force. They are subjected to critical injury while future medics attempt to keep them alive. The pigs are later euthanized. Subjecting animals to combat-style injuries is unethical, and I urge you to discontinue the use of animals in medical and combat trauma training.
On top of being inhumane, it is unnecessary to use animals in our modern age. There are other alternatives such as simulators and “cut suits” that are effective for training. These alternatives should be used regularly by all forces of the military.
Others agree with me in my statement that animals should not be used for training purposes. All of us beg you to reconsider your training methods and help to protect the welfare of animals.
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