bold film director Oliver
Stone is no stranger to the horrors of the battlefield, both as an Army combat
veteran of Vietnam and from depictions of that war in his films Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven
& Earth. Now Stone is shining a light on another disturbing side of
U.S. military operations by narrating PETA's video exposé.
Leaked video footage
shows a recent Coast
Guard trauma training drill in which instructors are seen
breaking and cutting off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stabbing
the animals, and pulling out their internal organs. The goats moan and kick
during the mutilations—signs that they had not received adequate anesthesia. One instructor is heard cheerfully
whistling as he cuts off goats' legs and a Coast Guard participant callously
jokes about writing songs about mutilating the animals. Following official
complaints from PETA about this disturbing video footage, which showed Tier 1
Group instructors failing to provide adequate anesthesia to goats who were
stabbed and cut into, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited and issued an official
warning to Tier 1 Group for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Military regulations require that animal
laboratories be replaced with humane non-animal methods whenever possible, and
some military facilities have already replaced the archaic and violent use of
animals for this training—which costs 10,000 animals their lives each year—with more
modern and effective human-patient
simulators and other non-animal methods. A recent study by PETA and military medical
experts also revealed that 22 of 28 NATO nations use only non-animal methods
for military training.
The evidence of the superiority of these
state-of-the-art simulation methods is so overwhelming that Congress has introduced legislation to phase out the use of animals in
training in favor of modern and humane methods that save animals' lives and improve
training for our country's brave service members.
Please join Oliver Stone and
PETA now by calling on
the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to do right by both animals and military personnel by replacing animal-based trauma
training with superior, 21st century non-animal methods.
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