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  • 28
  • Nov

The Vegan Guide to Manchester

Where to Find Vegan Food in Manchester

We’ve selected some of our favourite vegan restaurants and cafés in and around Manchester to help you find some tasty food in Britain’s second city. From lunch on the go to delicious evening dinners, vegan Mancunians and visitors alike need never go hungry! Check out the following hot spots:

  • V Revolution
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    With its retro American diner feel and wide selection of vegan junk food (think juicy burgers, “cheesy” hotdogs and mouth-watering brownies), V Revolution in the Northern Quarter is a 100 per cent cruelty-free café, not to be missed.
  • The Eighth Day
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    This co-operative on Oxford Road is a one-stop shop for all things vegan. Stock up on ethical groceries and cleaning products upstairs, then head down to the café to feast on delicious soups, stews, smoothies and, of course, cakes!
  • Bistro 1847
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    If you’re after something a little fancier, look no further than Manchester’s Bistro 1847. Right in the centre of town, this upmarket vegetarian restaurant offers plenty of imaginative vegan dishes to explore.
    Bistro 1847, Manchester” by Tricia Neal / CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Go Falafel
    Go Falafel
    Looking for something healthy, tasty and inexpensive? This place has got you covered. Everything on the menu is vegan, from the classic falafel wrap to colourful salads and smoothies. There are two branches, one close to Piccadilly and one in Rusholme.
  • Sanskruti Restaurant
    Experience the Curry Mile vegan-style at this meat-free restaurant in Fallowfield, which serves authentic Indian food that’s bound to get your taste buds tingling.
  • Earth Vegetarian Cafe & Juice Bar
    Earth Cafe Manchester
    Head to this café, tucked into a basement in the Northern Quarter, for cheap, cheerful and wholesome vegan food served buffet style. At around £6 for a plate laden with food, you really can’t go wrong!
  • Teatime Collective
    Head to Hulme to satisfy your sweet cravings at this all-vegan ice-cream parlour and tearoom. It also does a mean veggie breakfast and serves a selection of sandwiches and savoury items.
  • The Thirsty Scholar
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    Vegan pub grub served with a helping of live music – what’s not to like?! Tuck into traditional favourites, such as fry-ups, toasties and veggie burgers, washed down with some organic ales, ciders or vegan wines.
  • Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen
    With spring rolls, prawn-less crackers, and crispy veggie “duck”, this Cantonese restaurant in West Didsbury has an extensive menu of crowd-pleasing plant-based dishes.
  • Dough Pizza Kitchen
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    This artisan pizza restaurant in the Northern Quarter offers dairy-free cheese, making it easy-peasy to veganise many of its pizzas. It’s also a great place to go if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Fuel Cafe Bar
    If you’re in Withington, fuel up at this café-cum-music venue on vegan classics such as sweet-potato wedges and lentil casserole.
  • Unicorn Grocery Limited
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    This not-for-profit supermarket in Chorlton sells products only of non-animal origin, making it a great place to stock up on vegan groceries. Head to the deli section for fresh salads, homemade soup and sweet treats.
    Unicorn grocery by veganfishcake / CC BY-SA 3.0

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As you can see, being vegan in Manchester is a downright tasty experience!

Let us know if we’ve missed any gems by leaving a comment below. And if you’d like tips and advice about cooking vegan food at home, order our free starter kit:

Thanks to Georgie Walsh and Johny Henderson for photographs.

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  • 26
  • Nov

13 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

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A vegan breakfast – much like any other type of breakfast – can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, from a quick fuel-up to an all-out brunch extravaganza. These are some of our favourite vegan ways to start the day.

1. Pancakes
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You don’t need to use eggs and milk to whip up a delicious pile of breakfast pancakes! It’s hard to find a more satisfying weekend breakfast. Serve a stack topped with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup. Here’s an easy basic recipe.
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2. Toast
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It may be stating the obvious, but toast slathered with Marmite, marmalade, peanut butter, jam or even dairy-free chocolate spread is a viable vegan option – just remember to use dairy-free margarine such as Pure or Vitalite. Or mix it up with crumpets, Scotch pancakes or English muffins. (Most supermarket brands are vegan, but do check the ingredients to be certain.)

3. Breakfast muffins 

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Go on, treat yourself a little. Muffins are equally good with your mid-morning coffee. This easy blueberry muffin recipe is pretty much foolproof.

Blueberry Streusel Muffins” by Vegan Feast Catering / CC BY 2.0

4. Cereal 

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Many types of cereal are vegan, including bran flakes, cornflakes, Weetabix, Rice Krispies and most brands of muesli. Instead of cow fluids, serve them with your dairy-free milk of choice.

5. Tofu Scramble 

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Way better than scrambled chicken ova, this delicious breakfast dish can be whipped up in minutes and customised with whatever additional vegetables and spices take your fancy.

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6. Porridge

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A humble bowl of porridge is cheap, comforting and guaranteed to fill you up for hours to come! Oats and water are all you really need, but make the mix more interesting by adding soya or almond milk, toasted seeds, fresh fruit, jam, a dusting of cinnamon or all the above. This quinoa breakfast porridge is the super-food version – recipe available here.

7. Veggie sausage sandwich

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Two slices of bread, two of your favourite vegan sausages (we say you can’t go wrong with Linda McCartney’s) and ketchup, brown sauce or your condiment of choice and there you have it – the healthier ethical equivalent of a bacon butty.

Vegan hotdog” by  Suzette – www.suzette.nu / CC BY 2.0

8. Stewed fruit

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Chop and gently stew seasonal fruits such as apples, figs, pears, prunes, plums, rhubarb or fresh berries for a few minutes and then keep it in the fridge for up to five days. This dish also tastes great over cereal or soya yoghurt.

Fig, maple and cinnamon compote from Little Miss Meat-Free.

9. Smoothies

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The best thing about smoothies? In addition to being refreshing and delicious, they’re a nifty way to consume several of your five-a-day in one go! Here’s some inspiration.

10. Homemade granola

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This one takes a little more preparation, but it’s totally worth it for the delicious crunchy, nutty flavour. You can make a big batch and store it in an airtight container for several weeks. There are tonnes of recipes available online such as this one.

Vegan Apple Pecan Granola” by Veganbaking.net / CC BY-SA 2.0

11. Hash browns

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Many store-bought hash browns, such as McCain’s or Sainsbury’s, are vegan – or if you’re more into the homemade vibe, whip up your own!

12. Cereal bars 

Cereal Bars

When there just isn’t time for a sit-down breakfast, vegan cereal bars such as Nākd bars, Clif Bars, 9bars and Trek Protein Bars are great for fuelling up on the go.

13. The vegan full English 

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Combine numbers 5, 7 and 11 above, add baked beans, fried mushrooms and possibly a cheeky grilled tomato or two, and you’ll have yourself a damn satisfying fry-up – and the fact that it will have been created without harming animals will only make it extra-tasty!

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What’s your vegan breakfast of choice? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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  • 25
  • Nov

Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Proclaims, ‘A Vegan Tomorrow Is a Better Tomorrow’

In two weeks, world-famous hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan will release A Better Tomorrow, its first album in seven years. But before this long-anticipated album hits the stores, group leader RZA – whom you may also know as Apocalypse Samurai on Californication – will appear in a brand-new PETA ad declaring, “A better tomorrow is a vegan tomorrow. I am RZA, and I am vegan”.

“I don’t need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body”, RZA says. “I had animals as friends …. They was happy to see me in their own animal way. I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.”

RZA also talks about the influence of hip-hop icons Russell Simmons, who promotes veganism, and KRS-One, who in his song “Beef” gave “us an idea of the process that animals go through … to make it to our tables”, RZA says.

Animals value their lives just as much as humans do. Yet those lives are sacrificed for profit, and human health and the environment are damaged because of it. RZA makes the point that we shouldn’t be putting the product of such stress and death into our living bodies.

It’s never too late to make the kind, smart choice and adopt a plant-based diet, giving your health a boost and sparing animals unnecessary suffering. Order your free vegan starter kit today.

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  • 25
  • Nov

A Grim Tour of the International Fur Industry, Narrated by Paloma Faith

Soul-singing sensation Paloma Faith uses her celebrated voice to draw attention to the barbaric fur industry in a new video that shines an unflinching spotlight on fur production in Europe and the US.

Paloma is known for her distinctive style but doesn’t believe that animals should suffer in this way for her fashion choices. As she says:

Origin Assured (sold by Harvey Nichols) Fur Exposed“All fur is the product of extreme cruelty and abuse of animals. That’s why I always choose faux fur. With so many extraordinary alternatives on the market, there’s just no excuse for tearing the fur off an animal’s back”.

Foxes with skinless paws forced to live beside their dead, decomposing cage mates and a mink with an untreated head wound so severe that the animal’s brain is visible – these are just two of the stomach-churning scenes in the video, which is a montage of video footage taken from farms in countries that make up part of the fur industry’s “Origin Assured” marketing initiative.

Fur from animals farmed in any one of 29 countries can potentially be labelled “Origin Assured”, including the animals seen in this video. So claims by stores such as Harvey Nichols that it sells only “Origin Assured” fur are really nothing to boast about.

Please join Paloma in opposing the inhumane fur industry by sending a message to Harvey Nichols asking it to stop selling cruelly produced fur at once!

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  • 24
  • Nov

Why Rudolph Doesn’t Belong in a Shopping Centre

Reindeer aren't Christmas decorations!It’s common sense, really – a crowded shopping centre at the busiest time of year is no place for a wild animal. Yet across the UK, a number of towns have plans to use reindeer as holiday “props” in Christmas displays.

Reindeer belong in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world, where they can live in herds and roam freely over vast open ranges. Being carted around from one display to another, housed in tiny sheds and pens, forced to pull sleighs and exposed to bright lights and loud noises, prevents them from engaging in any of their natural behaviour.

According to research from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, a poor diet, exposure to diseases carried by other animals and the stress of being removed from their natural environment have contributed to an increase in deaths among young reindeer used in the UK. When they’re denied the opportunity to roam for long distances, their hooves can grow too long, a serious condition that can be debilitating. They can also contract parasites carried by domestic animals.

Reindeer are large, strong animals who tend to be skittish and unpredictable, and they don’t enjoy being harnessed and petted, either. They can inflict serious injuries on humans. Consequently, male reindeer are commonly castrated to make them easier to handle – which is hardly in the Christmas spirit.

Along with many concerned supporters, we’ve been writing to councils up and down the country asking that they cancel any plans to use reindeer and implement policies against live-animal displays.

You can help! If you learn about any events in your local area that will feature live animals, please write to the organisers and ask them to rethink their plans. Here’s a template letter if you’re not certain what to say. Ending the exploitation of reindeer and other animals would do nothing to diminish children’s sense of the magic of the holiday season. For these animals, though, it would make a world of difference.

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  • 24
  • Nov

Chefs Get Behind Vegan Fine Dining

It’s no secret that fine vegan dining is on the rise in London, thanks to chefs such as Ali Parvinjah, the creator of the vegan menu on offer at The Montagu, which has been awarded two AA rosettes and is located in the five-star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.

For World Vegan Month, Chef Ali explains how the vegan movement in London has spread and gives viewers an exclusive look at some of his favourite plant-based recipes in our latest video.

“I have guests constantly telling me here at the restaurant The Montagu, ‘Chef, it was an epiphany. It was a rainbow of flavours'”, Chef Ali says. And diners aren’t the only ones who are excited about plant-based cooking. “The chefs here have completely embraced the move”, he says. “They want to be a part of it. … They feel that this is happening and … they have to stay on top of their game.”

Chef Ali

And Chef Ali is at the forefront of the movement, even at home. In the video, he shares his recipe for his favourite breakfast smoothie – “Drink that”, he says, “and you’ll feel on top of cloud number nine for like 12, 10 hours” – as well as his tried-and-true method for cashew-based crème fraîche.

Whether you dine in five-star hotels or just fancy a takeaway in front of the TV, many cruelty-free meals are readily available. Why not try them out? Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit here:

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  • Nov

Your Cruelty-Free Christmas Shopping Guide

Cruelty-free Christmas giftsIt’s that time of year again: cheesy songs, Christmas lights, tinsel, mince pies and shops crowded with busy shoppers buying presents for their loved ones. As Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general Christmas shopping frenzy approach, we’re sharing our tips for cruelty-free gifts that will delight your family and friends and don’t come with a hidden price tag for animals.

Here are some tips to ensure that your purchases are full of real Christmas cheer for humans and animals alike.

The naughty list:

  • Avoid angora wool. PETA Asia’s recent investigation reveals that in order to produce the material, fully conscious rabbits often have the fur ripped from their skin, as they scream in pain. Check labels carefully to make sure that your knitwear doesn’t contain any percentage of this product of extreme cruelty.
  • Definitely don’t buy foie gras. There’s probably no way that you would anyway, but please also stay away from shops such as Fortnum & Mason that insist on selling the vile foodstuff, which is made by cruelly force-feeding ducks and geese.
  • Forget fur trim. That little bit of fur around the edge of a jacket or hat may once have been a beloved family pet, abducted and skinned alive at a Chinese animal market.
  • Stay away from down-filled “comforters” or jackets, as they are quite the reverse of comforting for the birds who are plucked alive in order to produce them – or for anyone aware of how these animals suffer.
  • Boycott breeders and “pet shops”. Everyone knows that a puppy, kitten or any other animal from a breeder or “pet shop” isn’t an appropriate Christmas gift.holidaycatscratch_300


Gorgeous vegan shores from Beyond SkinThe good list:

  • Find fabulous “faux” items. Cosy faux fur, leather and snakeskin are the fabrics to go for since killing animals for their skins is neither necessary nor festive. Fashion favourites who’ve sworn off using fur or exotic skins in their collections include Topshop, ASOS and AllSaints. And if you’re after stunning sustainable shoes, check out Beyond Skin.
  • Pamper your loved ones with cruelty-free cosmetics. We can’t get enough of ethical company LUSH’s gorgeous scented products – and for more options that aren’t tested on animals, check out PETA US’ international cruelty-free list.
  • Stuff stockings with delicious dairy-free chocolates. Booja-Booja truffles are always a treat, while Moo Free, Hotel Chocolat and Plamil are other great sources of goodies that will satisfy any vegan’s sweet tooth.
  • Cook up some vegan Christmas biscuits for a cute and cheap homemade pressie. Here are a couple of recipes that will make it easy.
  • If you can, consider giving an animal from a shelter the best present ever by welcoming him or her into your home in 2014. Taking on the responsibility of caring for an animal is a serious matter. Unlike heartless breeders and money-grabbing “pet shops” that exploit animals as mere Christmas presents, shelters will take the time to discuss your circumstances and find the perfect animal match for you at any time of the year.

These are just a few suggestions – there are hundreds of possibilities for creative cruelty-free gifts. Let us know what’s on your Christmas list in the comments.

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  • 18
  • Nov

Sam Simon, PETA and ARAN Partner Together to Send Benjy to Sanctuary!

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Benjy was facing slaughter for being gay. The bull made headlines this month after a veterinarian declared his sexual orientation the reason why he wouldn’t breed and the farmer who owned him decided to fatten him for slaughter.

After learning from PETA about the bull’s plight, Simpsons co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon put up the money to buy Benjy and transport him to a sanctuary where he’ll be able to live out his natural life with peace and dignity. Benjy’s transfer is expected to take place in time for Christmas.

“PETA told me about Benjy, and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy”, says Sam, a long-time vegan. “It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich.”

Sam is facing a life-threatening battle himself. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has chosen to use his resources and the time that he has left to help a number of animals in need, including getting 17 bears transferred from virtually barren concrete pits to a lush new home, helping retire a lame horse used for racing, securing the transfer of a chimpanzee who had spent more than 18 years in solitary confinement at a zoo to a reputable sanctuary and running The Sam Simon Foundation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs. Benjy is just the latest on a long list of animals who have been saved thanks to his work.

In addition to the money fronted by Sam, more than 250 other people have donated to fund Benjy’s transfer through a crowd-funding initiative set up by Irish animal-protection group ARAN and TheGayUK.com.

We hope those moved by Benjy’s plight will extend their empathy to the billions of other animals on farms who, like Benjy, are denied their most basic freedoms. People can do that every time they sit down to eat simply by leaving animals off their plates. Start by ordering PETA’s free vegan starter kit:

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  • 17
  • Nov

9 Tips for Uni Vegans

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We get it. You have to pretend to be a little sad when you say bye to Mum and Dad as you leave for uni. You’re intuitive enough to realise that it’s not easy for your parents to watch their little munchkin leave the nest, so you might even squeeze out a tear or two to make sure Mum knows you’ll miss her. But on the inside, you’re jumping for joy at the thought of your upcoming campus life: new friends, societies, parties and, most importantly, FREEDOM! Oh, yeah, and a good education, of course.

We’re sure you’ve got a lot on your mind, so we thought we’d do you a solid and give you a few pointers on navigating uni as a vegan:

  1. Before you leave for uni, learn to cook. Learn to cook?! We’re not saying you need to become a gourmet chef. Just learn to make a few quick and easy dishes so you don’t have to rely solely on the canteen or takeaway for all your meals. You don’t have to take classes. Learning to cook can be as easy as picking up a good cookbook. We recommend PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook.
  2. Contact your uni canteen. Vegans gotta eat, too! So don’t hesitate to contact your uni’s canteen supervisor and ask if they currently have any meal options for vegans. If they don’t, ask them if they can start making some. It might even be useful to give them some suggestions, such as vegetable and houmous wraps, quinoa salads or vegetable curries and rice. Just remember to be polite. You don’t want to piss off the people cooking your food.
  3. Join a vegan/vegetarian or an animal rights club or society. Joining a vegan/vegetarian or an animal rights club or society is a great way to meet fellow “vegheads” and animal rights enthusiasts. And as a bonus, most of them host potlucks – a great way to show off your newfound culinary skills while filling up on other people’s dishes. Don’t have a vegan/vegetarian or an animal rights club or society at your uni? Then start one! What a great way to leave your mark on your school. Plus, it’s usually fairly easy to start a new society or club – just contact your student union for details.
  4. Learn to shop on a budget. Ahhhhh! Budgeting! Don’t let that word scare you – it’s really not that difficult. Look for offers at your local grocery store. Plan your meals ahead of time – weekly if you can – then make a grocery list and stick to it. The UK has some of the best markets in the world! Take advantage of them. If you go towards the close of the market, you can usually get some really good deals, as the farmers are typically eager to get rid of the last of their produce. Check out our “Vegan on a Budget: Recipes From a Girl Called Jack” blog post.
  5. Shop online. Doesn’t your grocer know that savoury yeast flakes make everything taste better? Can’t find your niche vegan staples at the local market? Then order them online. You’d be surprised at what you can find on Amazon.co.uk, and Ocado.com has a whole vegan section.
  6. Eat breakfast. Not just because it’s the most important meal of the day but because it’s kinda hard to focus on what your lecturer is saying when your stomach’s grumbling. So even if it’s just a bagel with peanut butter and banana slices, put something in your tummy in the morning that can hold you over ’til your next meal.
  7. Pack snacks. We can’t stress the importance of this tip enough. But we probably don’t have to because it’s highly likely that you’ve already been caught out in the wilderness of the concrete jungle, famished, without a crumb of vegan nourishment in sight. We know it sounds dramatic, but isn’t that how you feel when you’re busy and hungry with no vegan food at arm’s reach? Don’t fall into this trap again. An apple, some almonds, a nutritional bar … it doesn’t matter what. Just always remember to throw a snack in your bag or pocket before you leave home.
  8. Download the HappyCow app. If you haven’t already, download this magical app. Yes, magical. It’s like GPS for vegan food. Seriously, open the app, and it will show you a list of vegan-friendly restaurants and food stores in your vicinity.
  9. Going out? Plan ahead. Going out with non-vegan friends from uni? Well, unfortunately, not all restaurateurs or pubs carry vegan options (or even know what “vegan” means, for that matter), but with a little research, you’ll find that there are loads of pubs, restaurants and fast-food chains in the UK that serve vegan dishes. Check out our “On the Menu – Vegan Options at Chain Restaurants” blog post.

Got any tips to add to this list? Add ‘em in the comments.

 

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  • 13
  • Nov

Success! US Military Takes a Huge Step Towards Ending Its War on Animals

In a groundbreaking victory more than three decades in the making, the US military has agreed to replace the use of animals in six different areas of medical training with modern human-patient simulators – an enlightened step forward that will save countless human and animal lives.

pig-military-training-exercise-pig-2These advanced simulators will better prepare medical personnel to treat injured soldiers and will save animals from being cut into and having hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their throats, among other invasive and often deadly procedures.

As reported in a Boston Globe cover story, in a recently released memorandum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr Jonathan Woodson determined that “suitable simulation alternatives can replace the use of live animals” in certain trauma and other surgical training courses. PETA US had specifically requested that the military adopt the simulators for trauma and paediatric intubation training, two of the areas for which they will now be used. Woodson ordered all service branches “to fully transition to the use of simulations in these programs by no later than January 1, 2015.”

military-trauma-training-human-simulator-2The Department of Defense’s announcement follows numerous letters and complaints filed by PETA US and military and civilian medical experts as well as protests and hundreds of thousands of e-mails from concerned supporters specifically calling for medical training using human simulators instead of animals.

Unhappily, the UK and a handful of other EU countries have still not got the message that using animals in military drills is both cruel and unnecessary. Every year, British soldiers travel to Denmark to shoot apart and sew up live pigs in inhumane exercises.

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