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.
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.
These 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, … Read more.
Pressure is mounting on the Ministry of Defence to stop using live animals in horrific trauma training exercises for medics. The UK’s top army doctor, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, the Medical Director at Joint Medical Command, has admitted that he receives letters from the House of Commons every fortnight asking why the UK hasn’t switched to humane, modern methods instead of needlessly mutilating animals.
Ever since we revealed how British personnel travel to Denmark and shoot live pigs to pieces in shady training operations, tens of thousands of compassionate people have been … 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.
A promising development: the small handful of NATO countries (Canada, Denmark, Norway, the UK and the US) that continue to shoot, stab, mutilate and dismember live animals for archaic military training drills might be reconsidering their policies.
An initiative has been launched through NATO to evaluate simulation technology in order to replace the use of animals. As the NATO website says, the crude practice of live animal trauma training “has come under significant scrutiny … [and] will have to be severely curtailed if not completely eliminated”.
That “scrutiny” includes vocal opposition … Read more.
For thousands of animals in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the trauma is over. Thanks to PETA US’ unprecedented donation of $1 million in medical simulators to these nine countries, thousands of animals will no longer be cut apart in deadly training programmes.
PETA US (with help from PETA Germany and generous donors) purchased 64 state-of-the-art lifelike TraumaMan surgical simulators and gave them to programmes that train doctors to perform life-saving surgical procedures on victims of traumatic injuries.
Until now, limited … 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.
Forget spooky graveyards and haunted houses. Here are seven real-life places that are guaranteed to make you shiver. The darkest imaginings of horror films don’t come close to some of these real-life nightmares:
- Britain’s Spine-Tingling Secret Vivisection Laboratories
The deadly experiments on animals that go on behind closed doors in this country are like something out of Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory. Animals are caged for their entire lives; poisoned; deprived of food, water and/or sleep; subjected to psychological stress; deliberately infected with diseases; brain damaged; cut open; paralysed; surgically mutilated; burned; electrocuted and
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Did you know that the British Army “trains” personnel by making them shoot, stab and break the bones of live pigs? These barbaric exercises go on despite the fact that humane alternatives exist, and they appear to violate EU law.
We’ve just appealed to European Commission Director-General for Environment Karl Falkenberg urging him to launch an investigation into deadly medical trauma training on animals that is being conducted by the militaries of Denmark, Norway, Poland and the UK.
Directive 2010/63/EU states that animals must not be used when non-animal options are available. … 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.