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Joanna Krupa Thanks Polish Military For Replacing Animals With Modern Simulators In Trauma Training Drills

For Immediate Release:

26 November 2013

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Ben Williamson +44 (0) 207 837 6327, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk

London – Polish-born supermodel and Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa has just sent a letter to Poland Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak congratulating him for replacing the use of animals in all military medical training exercises with modern simulators after discussions with PETA and its international affiliates.

"I am proud that my home country recognizes that the lives of animals matter and that there are more humane and effective ways to teach people how to perform lifesaving medical treatments than by hurting animals", Krupa writes. "I know that the momentum created by Poland's progressive example will encourage the five remaining NATO countries—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S.—that still shoot, stab, burn, and kill animals in their military training drills to modernize their practices."

Polish military officials cited information about the benefits of simulation technology provided by PETA and protest letters from supporters of PETA and its international affiliates as the motivation behind the shift. Studies show that medical-care providers who learn trauma treatment using life-like simulators that replicate human anatomy and physiology are better prepared to treat people than those who are trained by cutting into animals who have been shot and dismembered.

Poland's decision means that more than 80 per cent of NATO nations are now training service members without harming any animals, leaving only a handful of countries, including the UK, still using animals.

Krupa's letter is available below. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

 

November 25, 2013

The Honorable Tomasz Siemoniak

Minister of National Defence

ul. Klonowa 1
00-909 Warszawa 
Poland

Dear Minister:

As a native Pole, I am so pleased to learn from my friends at PETA that the Polish military has made the compassionate decision to replace the use of live animals for medical training drills with sophisticated 21st century simulators.

I am proud that my home country recognizes that the lives of animals matter and that there are more humane and effective ways to teach people how to perform lifesaving medical treatments than by hurting animals.

I know that the momentum created by Poland's progressive example will encourage the five remaining NATO countries—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S.—that still shoot, stab, burn, and kill animals in their military training drills to modernize their practices.

Thank you very much for your kindness to animals.

Yours sincerely,

Joanna Krupa