MoD Killing Animals for Cruel Training


PETA Trauma TrainingThe UK military participates twice a year in archaic and deadly animal-based trauma training exercises in Denmark, where, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), live pigs "are subjected to bullet and blast wounds". Animals who don't die during the exercises are later killed.

Twenty-three out of 28 NATO nations – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey – have confirmed they do not use any animals for military medical training. This is clear evidence that non-animal methods for training military medical personnel are available and preferred around the world.

Lifelike human simulators that "breathe" and "bleed" and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than animal laboratories.

In 2012, a panel of independent medical experts convened by a German court determined that using animals for courses similar to those in which the MoD participates is unjustifiable because superior alternatives, such as human simulators, are available.

These animal mutilations also appear to violate UK, EU and Danish law, which require the use of non-animal training methods when possible.

Please take a moment to contact the MoD and politely let it know that its decision to send members of the armed forces to Denmark for deadly and cruel exercises is impossible to justify medically, ethically or educationally. Also urge the MoD to join the overwhelming majority of the UK's NATO allies who do not shoot, stab or dismember animals for their military training exercises.
 
 

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    Paul Evans
UK Defence Medical Services
 
 
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