Pentagon lawyers have released a weak, feeble defense of Fort Bragg’s Med Lab, where special operations medics’ skills are honed on live animal tissues before they have to perform the same treatments on combat-wounded team members, allies, or even enemy detainees.
The report tried to appease the animal-rights extremists by, for example, banning live tissue training in team-level trauma cross-training.
Naturally, this thrown bone did not satisfy People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the overt arm of the violent Animal Liberation Front terrorist group. PETA has made an end to the lab one of its highest priorities. The extremist group also opposes: clothing made of animal hides and shoes made of leather; ownership of pets (didn’t you know Granny’s Shih-Tzu years to be returned to its pack in the forest?); and animal models in medical research.
No pun intended, they’re barking mad. But they do have a fellow crank in Congress (from California, naturally), and he stuck legislation threatening the med lab in an appropriations bill. We’ve previously covered this issue in these pages, and now here’s an update from the Fayetteville Observer:
The Pentagon said in a report this month that an early transition from using live animals in trauma training would potentially lead to more battlefield deaths.
The Department of Defense report was compiled for members of Congress to outline the military’s strategy for a transition from using animals for trauma training.
The four-page report says the total investment required to stop using live animals is unknown but highlights a $20 million, three-year research effort that began in 2010.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which provided the report to the Observer, criticized the document Thursday.
“The Department of Defense report released today is a regurgitation of baseless excuses for the continued shooting, stabbing, dismembering and killing of thousands of animals in crude medical training drills,” said Justin Goodman, PETA’s director of laboratory investigations.
The military’s use of live animals in trauma training has been controversial, particularly among animal activists.
Government documents have shown that, on average, soldiers on Fort Bragg have killed 300 goats a month for medical trauma training that supporters said helps save lives.
The crowd at PETA loves them some goats, at least in the abstract. It bothers them that they are killed:
PETA officials estimate that thousands of animals are killed during similar training across the military and have argued that simulators provide better training.
Previously, PETA has said that Fort Bragg training accounts for a third of all animal deaths caused by the military each year.
Meanwhile, there’s a cruel organization that operates an animal shelter that puts a happy face on to receive animals for “adoption” — and then kills damn near all of them. Tens of thousands of ‘em. Then they throw their carcasses in garbage bags and stack them up in big, unsanitary piles. And they don’t even train a single useful trauma medic.
Its operator? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.