Petition to stop the use of live animals for medical training & replace them with human-based training methods & simulators.
From: MSgt. Maurice B. Rogers, IDMT (Ret.)
When I was training to be a Special Operations medic, I had to surgically access the veins on a live animal and insert a chest tube between the ribs and into the chest cavity. Who would have guessed that more than 20 years later, military training courses would still rely on crude animal-based methods that include shooting and burning live animals?
After my training, I remained a medic until the day I retired, but I never looked back at the live animal training as a useful experience. And today, the argument for replacing animal use in these courses is even stronger. Yet the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to use animals.
In September 2011, the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, Md., paid the company SIMMEC Training Solutions $132,160 to shoot more than 100 live animals so military personnel could practice emergency medical procedures in training sessions spread out over one year. Based on what we know about similar Army courses, the animals were also likely burned and had multiple limbs amputated.
Then the animals were killed. SIMMEC failed to provide a veterinarian for one of the training sessions—a violation of its contract and the DoD’s animal use policy. But the Army unit never reported the violation, which is itself a violation. My colleagues at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine learned this through the federal Freedom of Information Act.
I want the DoD Office of the Inspector General to know that these violations could have easily been avoided by using human-based training methods.
One such method is a device that’s worn by an actor and replicates the experience of performing emergency medical procedures on a living human trauma patient—not a pig or goat. Trainees can apply tourniquets, control severe bleeding, and manage collapsed lungs. This simulator also teaches extremity hemorrhage clamping, surgical incisions to the abdominal cavity, hemorrhage control of organs, and suturing or stapling of organs and skin. But it’s not the only option. Other training devices feature lifelike skin, anatomically correct organs, breakable bones, and realistic blood flow.
Please join me in asking the Office of the Inspector General to investigate violations by the Army and SIMMEC. Add your name here, and I’ll present it to the DoD when I file the petition later this month.
The following has nothing to do with the above petition, nor the author. However it is linked via subject matter! So I have decided to include it as proof that this cruelty exists etc.
This video was leaked…Please note…Viewer Discretion Strongly Advised
(GRAPHIC) Leaked Video Shows US Military Contractors Mutilating Goat
Published on 20 Apr 2012 by LeakSource2012
Each year, more than 10,000 live animals are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in horrific military training exercises that are supposed to simulate injuries on the battlefield. But the training exercises that are taking place in these highly secret courses bear no resemblance to real battlefield conditions — and they don’t help soldiers save the lives of their injured comrades.
In disturbing, never-before-seen undercover video footage leaked to PETA showing a Coast Guard training course in Virginia Beach, Virginia, instructors with a company called Tier 1 Group, which was hired by the military, are seen breaking and cutting off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stabbing the animals, and pulling out their internal organs. Goats moan and kick their legs during the mutilations — signs that they had not received adequate anaesthesia.
Department of Defense regulations actually require that alternatives to animals be used when available, but this policy is not being enforced.
Unlike mutilating and killing animals, training on simulators allows medics and soldiers to practice on accurate anatomical models and repeat vital procedures until all trainees are confident and proficient. Studies show that medical care providers who learn trauma treatment using simulators are better prepared to treat injured patients than those who are trained using animals. A leading surgeon with the U.S. Army even candidly admitted in an internal e-mail obtained by PETA that “there still is no evidence that (training on animals) saves lives.”
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Please sign the above petition, to stop the barbaric use of animals to train soldiers & medics; when there are much better more humane methods available!!