What the Military Doesn't Want You to See

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Posted June 3, 2014 by Kim Johnson

1. Every year, the U.S. Department of Defense subjects thousands of live animals, mostly goats and pigs, to deadly military trauma training exercises.

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2. These animals are crudely used as “stand-ins” for wounded soldiers, even though their anatomy and physiology is totally different from humans.military training exercise

3. Each year, medics intentionally injure thousands of live animals before eventually killing them.

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4. Live pigs are shot in the face, repeatedly stabbed, and set on fire. 

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5. Soldiers cut off live goats’ legs with tree trimmers.

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6. Goats are also stabbed repeatedly …

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7. … and have their internal organs pulled out.

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8. Sometimes goats wake up during the horrible exercises because they aren’t given enough anesthetics.

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9. Participants joke about maiming goats …

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10. … and wave around a severed goat limb.

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11. These trauma exercises put soldiers’ lives at risk, as experts agree that the drills don’t adequately prepare medics to treat humans in the field.

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12. “No animal model can adequately duplicate the anatomy and physiology of injuries inflicted upon the human body in war.”
—Michael P. Murphy, M.D.
Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Associate Professor of Surgery and Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

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13. Even the Department of Defense’s own regulations mandate that non-animal simulators must be used when available.

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14. Simulators like these are already in use at several military trauma training facilities and more than 98 percent of civilian medical training centers.

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15. More than 80 percent of the U.S.’ NATO allies do not use any animals for military medical training. Instead, they use lifelike simulators and other non-animal training methods.

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16. And Germany has repeatedly blocked the U.S. Army from conducting trauma exercises using animals within German borders on the grounds that simulators are superior.

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17. But the U.S. military continues to torture and kill thousands of loving, playful, and intelligent goats and pigs each year, needlessly. These cruel exercises are conducted on many military bases, even though humane, superior methods, including human-patient simulators, exist.

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There’s NO reason why animals should be dying for these exercises, which put soldiers at risk because they inadequately prepare troops to handle emergencies.

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  • Profile photo of alexblue

    911 days ago

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    Thanks for exposing this…so few people are aware that it’s happening and that there are better choices!

  • Profile photo of hakred

    912 days ago

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    It’s amazing the influence of a photograph when paired with words. I knew about this kind of thing, but the photos..

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