After 16 months of public campaigning, PETA has learned that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has formed a committee to review the use of animals in the military's trauma- and chemical casualty–training exercises, in which thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, burned, and poisoned and have their limbs broken and cut off each year.
This is a good first step, but we urgently need your help. Please contact your Congressperson today, and ask him or her to urge President Obama to issue an executive order requiring the DoD to replace the use of animals in these deadly training exercises with available non-animal methods.
Certain installations, such as the Navy Trauma Training Center and the Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute's Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, do not use any animals to train their medical officers. And just last week, Fort Campbell publicly acknowledged that the Alfred V. Rascon School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell uses lifelike human simulators for trauma training, stating, "Training on [the dummies] is more realistic to providing care for a person than training on animals." We completely agree, and we are urging the DoD to stop using animals for trauma- and chemical casualty–training exercises.
Thank you for all that you are doing to help those with no voice except that of caring individuals!
Shalin G. Gala, Laboratory Methods Specialist
Laboratory Investigations Department