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A new undercover investigation shows in graphic detail how more than 6,000 goats and pigs are cut apart, shot, and blown-up in military training exercises every year. The Department of Defense says trainers slice open live animals and saw off their limbs in order to train medics in how to treat human injuries. But medical professionals, veterans and advocates counter that this kind of cruelty to animals is no longer necessary -- and is, in fact, counterproductive -- when more effective human-patient simulators can be used instead.
Video footage from the investigation is chilling....goats' legs are cut off with garden shears and the goats moan in pain, showing they have not been adequately anesthetized. But worst of all is knowing that not only is this kind of animal cruelty unnecessary -- it could actually make medics less prepared to treat human injuries. According to Dr. James Santos, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander and physician, "Compared with humans .. goats and pigs are much smaller...their skin is much thicker, and the anatomy of their organs, blood vessels and skeletons are much different."
These differences can mean that medics actually have to spend time unlearning what they know about .effectively treating animals, or waste time translating from animal to human anatomy in the middle of life and death situations. Whereas human-patient simulators breathe, bleed and even have bones to break -- and allow trainees to practice treatments again and again until they get it right.and are as prepared as they can be to save real lives
Dr. Santos has started a petition on Change.org calling on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to eliminate this outdated and unnecessary cruel practice. ... Please consider signing this petition.
To view video and to sign petition go to...http://www.change.org/petitions/us-military-stop-shooting-cutting-open-and-breaking-the-limbs-of-living-animals/