In response to a new U.S. Army announcement that it is looking to purchase as many as 3,600 goats for use in cruel and deadly training drills at Fort Bragg, N.C., PETA is launching its video exposé, starring Oliver Stone, in which the Oscar-winning director of Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July—and Army combat veteran—reveals a recent military training exercise in which live goats were stabbed, hacked apart, and eviscerated.
Stone and PETA are calling on the Department of Defense (DOD) to replace these cruel and archaic exercises with the lifelike human simulators that are already in use by several military installations.
“As a veteran, I believe that those who are willing to fight for our country need the best possible training,” says Stone in the video. “Giving them a goat who was dismembered with hedge trimmers is not it. In the 21st century, there are more humane and effective ways to train service members than violently dismembering live animals.”
Currently, the U.S. military and its contractors shoot, stab, mutilate, burn, and kill more than 10,000 live animals in cruel and archaic trauma training exercises, even though DOD guidelines require that modern and humane non-animal training methods be used when available. Several military installations, including the Navy Trauma Training Center, already use advanced human simulators and other non-animal methods instead of crude animal laboratories. A recent study by PETA and military medical experts also found that 22 of 28 NATO nations do not use any animals for military training.
For more information and to view the video, please visit PETA.org/Trauma.