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Former Military Medical Personnel Call for Change

A Purple Heart recipient who risked his life to save fallen Marines is speaking out against the military’s use of animals in trauma training—and so are many other former military physicians, medics, and nurses. So is a West Point graduate and 20-year veteran of the Army who currently practices neurosurgery and personally took part in a goat-based trauma training lab. Veterans of the current wars are also speaking out. Brandon Friedman, a former Army infantry officer in Afghanistan and Iraq, wrote about the Army’s plan to use pigs in combat trauma training exercises:

             I don't think it's necessary, and I think it will end up doing more harm than good—especially from the standpoint of soldier psychology. These are counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan—not force-on-force pitched battles. You make your money in these places with cultural awareness, conscience, empathy, a little more sensitivity than would've been necessary in World War Two, and the ability to kill mercilessly when your life is threatened. But we don't need desensitized, unfeeling killing machines. And when you do stuff like this, that's what you're developing.

In addition, these former and retired military personnel have signed letters and/or petitions to military leaders and members of Congress who oversee the armed services, urging them to take action toward phasing out the use of animals in combat trauma training courses:

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