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U.S. Military Use of Animals for Medical Training Violates its Own Rules

Good MedicineA new report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine finds that the U.S. Military’s use of animals for medical training violates the Department of Defense animal welfare regulation.

“For the soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division, it must have been a gruesome experience,” the report begins. “Earlier this year, instructors with the division’s 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team shot a group of pigs at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks. They then instructed soldiers to practice treating the animals’ wounds. In other combat trauma training courses, pigs are set on fire while still alive. The trainees’ task is to keep the wounded pigs alive for as long as possible.”

 Read the entire report here.

 

jeffery biss
1/30/2009 12:32:18 PM

There is absolutely no valid reason to harm any living thing in testing today. Medical schools are dropping their animal based programs thus proving that harming living things teaches nothing but callousness and a lack of empathy is acceptable and that causing pain and suffering doesn't matter so long as you don't care about your victim. Enough already. What year is this? People believe in a god that allows his children to exalt themselves to a level that allows them to brutalize those they don't value? You don't even have to believe in god to have a convenient morality, just a convenient belief system. What a mess human beings are.