Army is Shooting Animals: PCRM Asks the Department of Defense to Investigate
The Army recently paid a company to shoot more than 100 live animals so military personnel could practice emergency medical procedures. PCRM and a group of veterans filed a complaint with the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General asking it to investigate contract and animal care violations.
In September 2011, an Army unit at Ford Meade in Maryland paid SIMMEC Training Solutions $132,160 to shoot the animals who were also likely burned and had multiple limbs amputated. Then they were killed. SIMMEC failed to provide a veterinarian for one of the training sessions—a violation of its contract and the DOD’s animal use policy. But the Army unit never reported the violation, which is itself a violation.
Superior human-based simulation methods such as the Cut Suit, an interactive suit worn by an actor who mimics an injured soldier, are specifically designed for combat trauma training courses.
With the help of retired Air Force Special Operations medic MSgt. Ben Rogers, PCRM has asked the DOD Office of the Inspector General to investigate both the Army unit and SIMMEC for the violations.
To learn more about ending animal use in military training, visit BetterMilitaryMedicine.org.