Victory! Army Ends Use of Live Monkeys in Chemical Casualty Courses
The U.S. Army will stop poisoning live monkeys in chemical weapons training exercises. After PCRM’s recent legal complaint and more than 30,000 e-mails sent by PCRM supporters to the Army, the Department of Defense has agreed to switch to nonanimal training methods.
In a recent meeting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, an outspoken Congressional opponent of the practice, generals from Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground confirmed that the Department of Defense will soon end the use of monkeys in these exercises.
“I congratulate the military on moving away from the cruel, ineffective method of poisoning monkeys to try to teach medical personnel about nerve agent exposure,“ says John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs for PCRM. “Military medical professionals should be fully prepared to cope with a chemical weapons attack, and the best training involves human-patient simulators and other high-tech methods.”
While Army officials have agreed to end this animal use in favor of such high-tech methods, they have not committed to a timeline, stating only that the use of monkeys will stop in the near future.
To thank Army leaders and ask them to end the use of monkeys immediately, visit PCRM.org/Research.