Some promising news: the Norwegian Animal Research Authority (NARA) has, for the first time, rejected an application by the Norwegian Armed Forces to injure and kill animals in archaic trauma training exercises.
In live-animal trauma training, animals such as pigs and goats are shot apart, are stabbed and have their bones broken before being sewn back together by trainee surgeons – and then they’re killed. It’s an unacceptably cruel practice, especially as humane, high-tech training methods have been proved to prepare doctors for the battlefield more effectively.
Norway, along … Read more.
Following Freedom of Information requests, it emerged today that the British Army conducts deadly, violent tests on live animals at its secret Porton Down military base in Wiltshire. In three years, 115 pigs were blasted with explosives in terrifying experiments to determine whether they could be saved after being subjected to “severe battlefield trauma” and to evaluate blood-clotting products.
This shocking revelation follows PETA’s release of exclusive photos showing pigs tied to a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns in cruel military training drills held in Denmark and callously known … Read more.
Just in from Warsaw – the Polish Armed Forces have confirmed that live animals will no longer be cut open, mutilated or killed in archaic training exercises. This progressive decision comes as a result of two years of discussions with PETA and its international affiliates and almost 30,000 letters to Polish officials from concerned people through action alerts posted by PETA and its international affiliates.
Well done, everyone! This is wonderful news, both for Polish soldiers, who will now be trained for the battlefield using more effective modern human-like medical simulators, … Read more.
Oliver Stone is disgusted by the UK military’s use of live pigs as targets in training drills – and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
“As a U.S. Army combat veteran, I was horrified to learn from my friends at PETA U.K. that the Ministry of Defence has been shipping British military personnel to Denmark to watch live pigs be shot and mutilated on firing ranges and kept alive for several agonizing hours before finally being killed in cruel trauma training exercises”, the Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer wrote this week… Read more.
Gideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit Channel 4 series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world. Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.
After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal here in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip … Read more.
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 – … Read more.
Trauma training sees live animals shot, stabbed, mutilated and killed in horrific training exercises for military medical personnel. More than three-quarters of NATO allies use simulators or other non-animal models because they recognise that animal training bears no resemblance to real battlefield conditions. The UK, shockingly, is not among these NATO countries.
A recent study by PETA US published in the August 2012 issue of Military Medicine, the journal of US military surgeons, reveals that 22 of 28 NATO nations do not use animal laboratories for military medical training. The six NATO countries … Read more.