• Don Lichterman 6:22 PM on April 6, 2014 Permalink
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    Our Military are like ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ but its in real life! They are Killing Things In Our Oceans and They Are Killing Animals For No Reasons.

    Urge Military to Stop Killing Animals

    BEST practice act

    Target: Representative Hank Johnson

    Goal: End the killing of animals for military training

    The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act or the “BEST Practices Act” is a proposal to end animal-based training for the US military by 2018. The bill would prevent military personnel from using animals to train for combat and medical situations. High-fidelity simulators, a kind of mannequin, would be implemented instead. The military is already using the simulators in other training areas, however support is still needed to convince Congress that it is necessary in this area.

    Over 6,000 animals are used to train doctors, medics, and other personnel on how to respond to emergency combat injuries. Because simulators are built to mimic human anatomy, it only makes sense to employ this technology instead of crudely using animals.

    Representative Hank Johnson proposed the bill as a means to phase out the use of animals. Senator Ron Wyden agreed, “It’s wrong to kill animals when better training methods exist.” However Congress has considered passing this bill twice before and it has till not been enacted. Sign and show your support for the implementation of humane military training practices.

    PETITION LETTER: (http://animalpetitions.org/4011/urge-military-to-stop-killing-animals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=urge-military-to-stop-killing-animals&utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=5268a88001-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-5268a88001-77807085)

    Dear Representative Johnson,

    The benefits of enacting the BEST Practice Act are indisputable, yet the bill has not yet received the attention it deserves. Military members should be exposed to the most advanced training methods available, however some are still receiving training that is equivalent to that of high school science students. The BEST Practice Act should be implemented as soon as possible if animals are to be phased out by 2018.

    The Department of Defense acknowledged that by 2014 simulators will be able to mimic common battlefield injuries. Scientific research has shown that high-fidelity simulators improve safety for patients and reduce doctor mistakes. Medical experts have clearly stated that operating on pigs and goats does not adequately prepare medical students to operate on humans. Anatomical differences make this kind of training completely unreliable, and in comparison to simulators it is clearly inferior.

    Using animals for medical training is not only inhumane, but also an unwise use of American tax dollars. Now that superior technology exists and is readily available, continuing the injury and slaughter of animals would be extremely unethical. Over 6,000 animals currently suffer and die each year.

    This bill has been in waiting for years and the US military is capable of making the change. Please promote the enactment of the Best Practice Act for the sake of animals and proper military training.


    [Your Name Here]


    Urge Military Officials to Use Non-Animal Methods in Trauma Training!

    I need your help to end the horrific war on animals that is being waged by military forces around the world.

    Not long ago, PETA and military doctors published a study showing that the U.S., Canada, Norway, Denmark, the U.K., and Poland were the only six NATO countries—out of 28—that still stab, shoot, blow up, and kill animals for cruel military training drills.

    Now, we have obtained shocking photos of a crude training course conducted by the military of Denmark, with participation from the U.K. military, showing live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns.

    Similar exercises are being conducted in Canada and Norway, even though superior lifelike human simulation technology exists and is already being used instead of animals by more than 80 percent of NATO nations. Further, Denmark, the U.K., Norway, and Canada all have regulations requiring the use of non-animal training methods whenever they exist.

    Our international campaign to end this cruelty has recently prompted these countries to acknowledge publicly that their military animal laboratories are under “significant scrutiny” and may have to be “completely eliminated.”

    We’ve already convinced Poland’s armed forces to replace their use of animals for medical training with modern simulators and prompted the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard to reduce their use of animals substantially, but there is still important work left to do.

    We now need your help to end the global military war on animals for good!

    Please click here to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and urge them to comply with relevant laws and completely replace the crude use of animals in military trauma training with superior non-animal training methods.

    Thank you for all that you are doing to help animals!

    PETA PETITION: Stop Militaries’ World War on Animals!

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    More than 80 percent of NATO nations have confirmed to PETA that they do not use any animals for military medical training exercises—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

    This is clear evidence that there is no need to harm animals to prepare military medical personnel to save lives.

    Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals each year as well.

    PETA has released disturbing, never-before-seen photographs of live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns during a military training course in Denmark.

    Lifelike human simulators that “breathe” and “bleed” and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than mutilating and killing animals.

    These barbaric animal laboratories also go against the spirit of Canadian, British, Norwegian, and Danish national laws and regulations as well as likely violating European Union law, which requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever possible.

    Please take a moment to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and politely and urge them to stop harming and killing animals by joining the overwhelming majority of their NATO allies who use exclusively modern non-animal methods for military medical training exercises.

    Petition to sign:https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=F346E60E944FDD78DA58FA5DD82E1F33.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5371&autologin=true&utm_campaign=Trauma%20Training%20NATO&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

    PHOTOS: Inside the Secretive Military Training Facility Where Animals Are Mutilated and Killed

    Every year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sends British surgeons to Jægerspris Kaserne in Denmark to take part in invasive and deadly trauma training exercises using live animals, informally known in military circles as “Danish bacon”.

    We’ve obtained exclusive photos (from photographer Jørn Stjerneklar) of what happens to animals in these shocking drills. They tell a dark story of abuse and bloodshed.

    Troops tie a live pig to a wooden frame by his legs and mark his body with “targets”.

    Troops tie a live pig to a wooden frame by his legs and mark his body with “targets”.

    A soldier shoots the helpless animal with high-velocity bullets, inflicting severe wounds, bone fractures and organ damage. Harming animals in this way is not permitted in Britain under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

    Personnel perform invasive surgery on the maimed and bleeding animal.

    Bandaged, with his wounds dressed, the pig is still alive.

    Later, the victim’s lifeless body is taken away and disposed of.

    There are no Geneva Conventions for animals, but anyone with a sense of right and wrong can see that these gruesome exercises need to stop.

    Not only is this a deplorable way to treat animals – it’s also bad for our soldiers. UK troops deserve to have access to the best cutting-edge modern training techniques – military experts recommend high-tech human simulators as the best way to prepare surgeons for battle, methods which are used by 80 per cent of NATO armies.

    PETA UK and its German affiliate have appealed to the Danish Minister of Defence, Nicolai Wammen, to end Denmark’s invasive and deadly animal-based trauma training exercises.

    You can take action too – please write to Danish authorities asking them to stop these sick drills:

    SIGN PETITION HERE:-https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=F346E60E944FDD78DA58FA5DD82E1F33.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5371&autologin=true&utm_campaign=Trauma%20Training%20NATO&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

    News Link:-http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/02/photos-inside-the-secretive-military-training-facility-where-animals-are-mutilated-and-killed/

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    New Whale Stranding Is Painful Evidence for Naval Sonar Risks

    On April 1, while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete. Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for the strandings were only the most recent in a line of similar calamities in the region, going back two decades.

    Singing Whales

    NRDC Takes Navy to Court to Save Whales

    We’ve filed suit in federal court to stop a reckless Navy plan for training with sonar and explosives that could injure or kill thousands of marine mammals over the next five years. We’ve also launched a powerful online media campaign, led by Pierce Brosnan, to mobilize public pressure on the Navy to end its senseless assault on whales. BioGems Defenders have already sent more than 193,500 messages to Defense Secretary Hagel. Make your voice heard now.





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