Written by Michelle Kretzer
Update: Today, The Washington Post ran a cover story highlighting PETA's efforts to stop the U.S. military from
killing thousands of goats and pigs each year in crude medical training
drills. As the newspaper points out, a bill that was signed into law last
month requires the Department of Defense to submit to Congress by the end of
this week a detailed strategy and timeline for the phase-out of these deadly
exercises. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed
a bill that protects animals from abuse in military training exercises. Please
take a moment to write to the Department of Defense and urge it to act quickly to phase out these barbaric exercises.
Originally posted on January 4th:
The year has just begun, but already 2013 has seen an exciting first for animals! President Barack Obama has just signed into law a bill that requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to create a strategy for replacing the shooting, stabbing, and dismembering of animals in military training drills with non-animal methods. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed a bill that seeks to protect animals from being abused in military training exercises.
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Last year, people were outraged when PETA released disturbing, never-before-seen undercover footage showing live goats as they were stabbed, had their organs yanked out, and had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers during a military training drill, all while the animals moaned and kicked.
Multitudes of you contacted your representatives demanding that these archaic forms of "training" end and that the abusers who were caught on video be held accountable. You won. Under a provision in the newly signed National Defense Authorization Act, the secretary of defense has less than two months to present Congress with a strategy for phasing out the use of animals in trauma training. And the people who were caught on camera abusing goats were cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
High-profile military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff have all joined you in asking the DOD to modernize its training program by replacing its deadly animal laboratories with more reliable methods such as human-patient simulators. These realistic models can breathe, bleed, talk, and even "die," and trainees can perform procedures on them over and over again until they master lifesaving skills.
While this monumental law requires the secretary of defense to create a plan to phase out the use of animals, it does not mandate a specific date by which animal training methods must end. Help us keep the pressure on by e-mailing the secretary of defense and other DOD and Department of Homeland Security officials and urging them to switch to superior non-animal training methods immediately.
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The U.S. military has revealed its
powerful new canine service member—a robotic dog! Hopefully, this will save real military dogs from some of the more dangerous
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And a British canine military hero is being honored with the highest award that an animal in the British military can receive for
lifesaving devotion to duty. Theo is said to have detected more Taliban
roadside bombs and weapons caches than any dog in Afghanistan to date.
Another hero dog gave his own life to pull his guardian out of the path of an oncoming train. If only people were
as loyal to animals as they are to us.
But at least this man is: Check out the impressive cat tower that one guardian built to apologize to his cat for having to give him painful ear
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Cats should be cherished, not tormented
in laboratory experiments. Ask
the National Institutes of Health to stop giving taxpayer money to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to conduct
crude experiments in which cats have steel coils implanted in their eyes, holes
drilled into their skulls, and electrodes implanted in their brains.
You can read more about the University
of Wisconsin–Madison's cruel cat laboratories here.
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Written by Jeff Mackey
Memorial Day is an occasion to remember all those who have
died in the service of their country. Since the end of the draft, the U.S. has
boasted about our all-volunteer armed forces. But not all those who have served
have been volunteers—and many of our military casualties have worn fur or fins instead
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With the help of its members and supporters, PETA has brought
an end to many of the cruel and lethal practices formerly inflicted on animals
by military organizations. Because of these victories, ferrets, for instance, are
no longer tortured in intubation experiments at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, dogs and cats aren't wounded in trauma training, and monkeys won't be
forced to endure drug overdoses at the army's Aberdeen Proving Ground. But there is still work to be done.
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Please join PETA in honoring those animals who have given
their lives—though unnecessarily and under duress—in U.S. military operations
by assuring that more animals like them will be spared from misery and death:
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Animals don't recognize differences between countries, and
they don't start wars. One good way to observe Memorial Day is to send a message to the DoD asking officials to protect our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in the
line of fire—and leave animals out of it.
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