Live-Animal Trauma Training Needs to End

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Did you know that the British Army “trains” personnel by making them shoot, stab and break the bones of live pigs? These barbaric exercises go on despite the fact that humane alternatives exist, and they appear to violate EU law.

We’ve just appealed to European Commission Director-General for Environment Karl Falkenberg urging him to launch an investigation into deadly medical trauma training on animals that is being conducted by the militaries of Denmark, Norway, Poland and the UK. JMcArthur-0932

Directive 2010/63/EU states that animals must not be used when non-animal options are available. As we point out, 22 out of the 28 NATO nations currently use exclusively non-animal trauma training models such as lifelike human-patient simulators, mannequins and hospital rounds. It’s perfectly possible to maintain a first-class modern military without abusing and mutilating animals in the process: in fact, these high-tech methods are better preparation for saving lives on the battlefield.

In November 2012, we revealed that British soldiers were taking part in these appalling exercises, despite the fact that it’s illegal to treat animals this way in the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been sending recruits to Denmark to take part in drills in which live pigs are lined up at a firing range and shot with high-velocity bullets. Some of the animals sustain organ injuries and multiple bone fractures – any who survive are later killed.

Veterans Oliver Stone and Gideon Raff have both spoken out against these cruel training methods, and now we’re asking EU officials to do the same and order the four countries who still employ them to desist.

Animals don’t start wars, and there’s no excuse for torturing them in these archaic “war games”. Please take action by sending your own letter to the MoD here:

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  • Kate commented on August 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

    It makes no sense whatsoever to use live, breathing, feeling animals just like ourselves in such procedures when there are so many other options. I think it is frightening that people fighting for our country would do such things and there is no way round the fact that this is simply sick, sadistic murder.

  • Paola Verdacchi commented on August 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    For God’s sake please stop this horrific system, mutilating and abuse animals. They suffer too, they feel the pain too. Please show some compassion, please, please, please.

  • june firth commented on August 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    There is simply no justification for this treatment…especially from a nation like USA which polices the rest of the world and tells them how to live! No matter what excuses the military have there is no need!

  • Fiona Murdoch commented on August 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

    This is horrific come on there is no need for this pain and suffering , what give the military the right do do this to innocent animals .ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!!!!!

    • debbie hill commented on June 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      I agree with you its terrible treating animals like that

  • Eileen Henderson commented on August 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This is barbaric and must stop. It is quite clear that injuries from high powered assault rifles are devastating to the human body and are mostly fatal. Practicing on pigs will not save human lives: it is only practicing therefor it is immoral.

  • Aileen Dunne commented on August 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Animals have no voice and cannot fight for themselves it is up to us to fight for them, they are after all God’s Creatures. What gives any person the right to torture these poor defenceless animals. It has to stop now. Test on rapists, murderers, child molesters since they won’t be any loss to society.

  • victoria leomant commented on August 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Just because human beings are arrogant idiots who find ever increasing and barbaric savage methods to exterminate one another does not give us the right to inflict our unintelligent ideas onto the other sentient peaceful beings who inhabit this beautiful world; i say inhabit because to use the word ‘share’ is a joke

  • Janet Walker commented on August 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This is just sadistic cruelty and we must take action to stop it NOW. this kind of torture just makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Clodagh Lennon commented on August 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This is horrendous. Humans cause wars not animals.

  • Emma Robinson commented on August 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    It’s disgraceful that live pigs are being used in such awful ways. Surely we know what weapons do to people by now. There have been enough war’s in the world for us to witness the injuries that are caused. Please stop using these innocent animals in this disgusting manner.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on August 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    People are evil and ignorant, and totally uneducated.

  • jeanette commented on August 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I am sickened and appalled by such a cruel practice!

  • Pauline Fitzpatrick commented on August 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    There are evil, unfeeling people in the world but thank God there are even more decent caring and humane people. It is not only the uneducated that are cruel, there are many very well educated people that are the heads of companies like Shell and those who own these large factory farms. Counterbalancing those people are wonderful folk like Dr Brian May, Joanna Lumley and the people in PETA and other such organisations as well as all the relatively poor and poorly educated people who work tirelessly in animal shelters and animal charity shops. Not all humans are bad anymore than all animals are sweet and cuddly. It is that sort of gross overstatement that makes animal activists look like a load of babbling loonys coming out with the same old cliches.
    We need to have a balanced view of things and put our arguments coherently or we will just be dismissed ‘as over the top’ nutters as we have been in the past.

  • Helen shaw commented on August 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This is disgusting and barbaric and needs to stop IMMEDIATLEY !!

  • Andrea Talbot commented on August 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    when are governments going to stop providing money to use animals there is only so much that they can help humans with also the same experiments keep being repeated year after year , we know what kills and is harmful to us so why?

  • angus schipp commented on October 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This is wrong animals are non humans persons please stop this pointless killing.

  • Stella Osborne commented on March 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Please, please consider what you are doing!!! This is horrible. It’s an animal Holocaust.

  • Grant Haddaway commented on September 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Flaunting EU animal welfare law in order to provide sub-optimal training to troops is not good for soldiers, UK security, the public’s confidence in the military or the animals being tortured and killed.
    Please reconsider this flawed policy and switch to non-lethal training protocols.
    Thank you.

  • Stan Evans commented on May 21, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Dear Peta,

    I emailed my MP about the horrific treatment of animals in some European military training and British soldiers taking part in this. I have just received this reply from my MP:

    Dear Mr Evans,

    Thank you for contacting me about the use of animals for military training.

    Whilst I appreciate your concern with this practice, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a moral obligation to provide the best possible medical treatment for Armed Forces personnel who are wounded on operational service, and this is a responsibility that is taken very seriously.

    On operations (including recently in Iraq and Afghanistan), UK military surgical teams regularly carry out life-saving surgery on casualties with severe bullet and blast wounds. The Danish training exercises, involving deeply anaesthetised pigs, are currently the only viable way to prepare our medical teams for the sort of serious battle injuries they might be called on to treat on a daily basis. As a key part of this training, members of the UK Defence Medical Services attend two-day military Exercise Surgical Training courses in Denmark, in which two live but fully anaesthetised pigs are subjected to bullet and blast wounds, which are then treated in real-time exercises by surgical teams before being humanely destroyed. The animals remain deeply anaesthetised throughout the exercises and are attended at all times by veterinary staff who ensure that they do not regain consciousness.

    The training is carried out under the auspices of Danish Law. It would not be illegal to carry out similar training in the UK. Approval to do so would be obtained from the Home Office on a case-by-case basis. However, by participating in the existing Danish exercises instead of replicating them in the UK, we are actually minimising the overall number of animals used.

    There are currently no simulation models that provide a suitable alternative means of training for these particularly severe injuries, although the MOD keeps abreast of research in this area.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Nigel Mills MP
    Member of Parliament for Amber Valley

    Constituency Tel: 01773 744 341
    Westminster Tel: 020 7219 7233

    Email: [email protected]

    House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
    Unicorn House, Wellington Street, Ripley, DE5 3EH


    Kind regards,
    Stan Evans

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