Congress has passed a law that appears to be the end of the use of live goats to train Army medics on how to treat soldiers wounded in battle. Thousands of goats per year will be spared now that lawmakers have passed a law ending the killing of goats for Army medical training.
For years, Fort Bragg has killed some hundreds of goats per month to train Army medics for treating wounded soldiers. Documents show Fort Bragg’s Army Special Operations Command requested up to 3,600 goats just last year. Animal activists claim the goats are shot, stabbed, bludgeoned and blown up to simulate the types of injuries men in combat face, says FOX News.
Instead, medics may train on humans wearing “organ suits,” which have simulated human organs, breakable synthetic bones and even bloodlike fluid. Skeptics consider this a bad idea, as organ suits don’t have the same physical laws as actual living bodies, but thanks to PETA and other activists, this is the best idea they have available.
Live animals have been used for medical training for years, according to the Army Times. But Dr. John Pippin, a Dallas cardiologist who speaks for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said technology has advanced to where using an animal to train someone on how to respond to a human makes no sense:
“The use of goats and pigs for this type of training, if it was ever the best method, is not the best now.”
So what happens when the soldiers get carried away and actually kill each other in medical and combat training? What then, PETA? Do you want those soldiers’ wasted lives on your conscience?