Revealed: MoD Killing Animals for Cruel Training
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Revealed: MoD Killing Animals for Cruel Training

Earlier this month, the UK military participated in invasive and deadly animal-based trauma training exercises in Denmark.

British surgeons took part in drills in which live pigs were lined up at a firing range and shot with high-velocity bullets. Eighteen pigs sustained life-threatening multi-organ injuries and bone fractures in the archaic exercise, which took place between 6 and 8 November in Jaegerspris Kaserne. Animals who didn’t die during the exercise were later killed.

Maiming animals in this way is not allowed in the UK under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – which does not permit the use of animals for trauma training. For this reason, these cruel biennial exercises are outsourced to Denmark.

PETA has appealed to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to end the British Armed Forces’ participation in these cruel drills. More than three-quarters of the UK’s NATO allies – including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey – have confirmed that they do not use any animals for military training.

Lifelike human simulators that “breathe” and “bleed” in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian trauma teams to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than animal laboratories. Studies show that simulators are better at improving the technical skills, self-confidence and coordination of doctors and medics who are deployed for military missions. However, a recent response to a Freedom of Information request made by PETA suggests that the MoD has not adequately considered nor implemented such superior non-animal trauma training methods, which are used instead of animals by the overwhelming majority of the UK’s NATO allies.

Please take a moment to contact the MoD and politely let it know that its decision to ship out members of the armed forces for deadly and cruel exercises in Denmark – which would be illegal if conducted in the UK – is impossible to justify medically, ethically and educationally. Also urge the MoD to join the overwhelming majority of the UK’s NATO allies who do not shoot, stab and dismember animals for their military training exercises.

You can contact the MoD here.

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  1. avatar Sandra Haynes says:

    How can it be justified, these pointless and very cruel things should not happen in this day and age when there are lots of other courses that can be taken.

  2. avatar Martine Vaffier says:

    Shame on you!

  3. avatar Caroline Westbrook-Jones says:

    God the creator, did not create mankind to destroy creation, mankind destroys creation through reckless and misguided use of freewill.

  4. avatar Alethea Kniffen says:

    If you wouldn’t want your children to feel this kind of pain, why would you let any other innocent being feel it.

  5. Pigs have feelings; they also suffer depression like human being. People without empathy towards animals should be placed away from human civilization they should be locked in institution probably never released. Also people who conduct experiments on animals their IQ is very low. As society we have to stop all these experiments.

  6. avatar Lynne Witton says:

    What kind of man could do this to defenseless animals tired up to be shot. unfortunately all too many of them. Put a gun in a boys hand and he will eventually shoot an animal, put one in a mans hand and god knows where it will end.

  7. avatar M G KING says:

    It makes me think of what the Nazi pigs did to there sisters and children,and brothers, the uk is slipping deeper into the quick sand of Nazi history,

    After all Adolf Hitler did think that the uk would not get involved in the war as we are so similar to him, blind leading the blind,

    ” mod”
    more like
    ” mad”

    not in my name does the uk shoot pigs,

  8. avatar nicholas says:

    please stop this suffering animals have feelings just like people!

  9. avatar Hilary Booth says:

    MoD. Stop participating in this cruel shameful and unnecessary practice, and show some respect for these animals.

  10. avatar ciarann carpenter says:

    how can people do this to animals its shocking !!! would love to do it to the people causing all the pain and see how they like it bastards

  11. avatar Lila Kouvara says:

    stop animal cruelty now!

  12. avatar Pat Wench says:

    How low can the Mod get, I expect they think know one knows
    what goes on – well we do and we are disgusted

  13. Shame on cruel, stop the cruelty on numb and innocent animals.

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