Demand Military Stop Abusing Animals for Trauma Training

Target: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Goal: End military abuse of animals used as training for trauma courses

The military is currently mutilating live pigs, goats, and other animals for the sake of training personnel in trauma response. Not only is it incredibly inhumane, but it is absolutely unnecessary, as there are facilities and simulators that can do a much better job in trauma training. Demand the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put an end to these disgusting practices.

Animals are undergoing extreme injuries: being shot, set on fire, stabbed, having their bones broken, and even their limbs cut off. This is done in order to duplicate a scenario of a wounded soldier needing medical attention. Two of the preferred animals for training are pigs and goats. Pigs are among the top ten smartest types of animals in the world, cleverer than even dogs or cats. Goats are naturally curious creatures who like to socialize in herds, and are quick to learn. Thousands of these animals are being brutally mistreated and killed.

What is even more disturbing about this situation is that surgical and war-veteran doctors have stated animal anatomy cannot properly duplicate a human system. This means the military are injuring animals as a form of practice when in reality the animal does not even accurately represent the challenges the personnel will face when dealing with human wounds.

There are alternative choices the military could be using to provide more humane and better training. There is the “living” cadaver model; a body which will never regain consciousness and through proper channels is donated for medical research. There also is the Combat Trauma Patient Simulation system, which simulates combat injuries. Similarly, the TraumaMan System is a non-living human body form designed for trauma procedures. Or, personnel can participate in rotations in civilian trauma centers, and deal with actual human wounds, helping people who desperately need aid while still receiving beneficial training. It was announced in early 2013 that the military would implement a plan to shift away from using live animals, and it is time to follow through and end this horror as soon as possible.


Dear Defense Secretary Hagel,

In early 2013, it was announced the military would implement a plan to shift away from using and injuring animals for trauma training. However, thousands of animals, especially goats and pigs, are still being abused and killed. I urge you to help these creatures by truly putting an end to this practice.

The animals are currently being shot, stabbed, burned, and maimed in hopes of training military personnel for trauma situations. However, doctors have stated that animal systems don’t bear enough resemblance to human systems to make this practice entirely useful.

Please end this needless suffering, and implement useful programs for the military, like the “living” cadaver method, the TraumaMan, the Combat Trauma Patient Simulation, or rotations in civilian trauma centers.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. This is so inhumane & very cruel! LET THE STUPID SOLDIERS BE TRAUMATIZED! WHY BRING AN INNOCENT INTO THEIR TROUBLED MINDS? Whats wrong with you ” military” people! I hate you guys!

  2. Carla Carballo says:

    why use animals for practice? people are just so cruel and heartless

  3. Jessica, don’t blame the soldiers, it is not their fault. Stop your Vietnam protest syndrome of verbally spitting on the troops and get the courage to blame upper level and the white house, which is where the blame belongs.

  4. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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