I am a great supporter of our military men and women, was a Navy wife for 23 years and am now a Navy Mom. As seen in the previous post, our military experts work very hard to devise strategies and tactics which protect and defend all of us.
But do we really have to shoot pigs? The Associated Press reports that the Army intends to shoot live pigs in order to train soldiers who are about to deploy to Iraq how to respond to “real tissue wounds.” Click on link below for the AP article.
The soldiers are learning emergency lifesaving skills needed on the battlefield when there are no medics, doctors or facility nearby, he said.
PETA, notified by one of the soldiers who was troubled about the upcoming training, sees this training as outdated and unnecessary.
PETA, however, said there are more advanced and humane options available, including high-tech human simulators. In a letter, PETA urged the Army to end all use of animals, “as the overwhelming majority of North American medical schools have already done.”
Now, it galls me to find myself on the side of PETA against the Army, but virtual simulators are more and more often taking the place of dissection in schools. I can’t think that proper injury treatment on the battlefield is much improved by shooting pigs. If I thought it was necessary to saving the lives of soldiers, I would feel differently. The soldiers lives are paramount, of course.
But do we really have to shoot pigs?