Victory! Ferrets and Other Animals Saved From Torture
Thanks to hundreds of thousands of calls and e-mails from caring people like YOU and decades of work by PETA, the U.S. military has agreed to replace the use of animals in six different areas of medical training with modern human-patient simulators. These advanced simulators will better prepare medical personnel to treat injured soldiers and will prevent countless 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, the move was announced in a military memorandum that states that “suitable simulation alternatives can replace the use of live animals” in a variety of surgical training and other courses, including intubation exercises on ferrets and trauma training for certain personnel. The change will go into effect by January 1, 2015. The Department of Defense’s announcement is a huge step in the right direction and brings us closer to the day when animals will no longer be abused and killed during ANY military training exercises. We continue to press the military to replace the use of animals in all medical training drills, particularly those in which animals are shot, dismembered, burned, or killed.
Thousands of animals are used each year in these horrific and antiquated training exercises, even though more than three-quarters of the U.S.’ NATO allies successfully train their armed forces without the use of any animals whatsoever.