US Is Among The Few NATO Nations That Use Animals For Military Training
August 10, 2012

US Is Among The Few NATO Nations That Use Animals For Military Training

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

More than three-quarters of NATO allies use simulators instead of animals

22 of 28 NATO nations do not use animal laboratories for military medical training according to a new study published in the August 2012 issue of Military Medicine, the journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

All 28 NATO nations were surveyed by PETA researchers along with current and former military medical personnel during 2010 and 2011. Twenty-two NATO countries confirmed that they do not use animals in military medical training. This countries included Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. For various reasons, including legal prohibitions against animal use and the superiority of simulation technology, officials reported that they use exclusively non-animal methods–such as lifelike human simulators in realistic battlefield scenarios

Canada, Denmark, Norway, Poland, the U.K., and the U.S. are six NATO countries that reported they use animals in invasive and often deadly procedures.

"The overwhelming majority of NATO allies have moved beyond stabbing and dismembering animals in crude and cruel training exercises," says coauthor of the study and PETA Associate Director Justin Goodman. "Our military's regulations require using non-animal methods whenever they are available–and PETA's report illustrates that modern trauma-training technology is widely available around the world."

The U.S. military and its contractors shoot, stab, mutilate, and kill more than 10,000 live animals in cruel trauma-training exercises each year, even though modern simulators that breathe and bleed have been shown to better prepare doctors and medics to treat injured better than animal laboratories.