Every year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) conducts cruel trauma training exercises
in which animals are used as "stand-ins" for wounded soldiers. Medical officers at military installations across the nation critically injure thousands of live animals before killing them. In trauma training exercises, live pigs are shot
, stabbed, and set on fire and live goats have their legs broken with bolt cutters and cut off with shears. These animals are also often forced to suffer through hellish conditions as they are transported to facilities for this training.
Not only is this inhumane, the DoD is also putting soldiers' lives at risk by using animals in these exercises. The anatomies and physiologies of pigs and goats are drastically different than those of humans. Therefore, the procedures learned by cutting apart animals will not translate to treating humans.
There are numerous non-animal training methods available, including rotations in civilian trauma centers; the Combat Trauma Patient Simulation system (CTPS); the Simulab Corporation's TraumaMan system
; and Dr. Emad Aboud's "living
" cadaver model, which Dr. Aboud has personally demonstrated for the Army.
The Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute's Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Navy Trauma Training Center do not use animals for trauma training, and nearly 80 percent of NATO allies have informed PETA that they do not use animals for military medical training—more proof that it is not necessary to use animals in order to teach these treatment skills.