Gideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world.

Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.

After reading PETA's exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond urging him to switch to the high-tech human simulators that most military institutions use to teach life-saving skills.

“I am troubled that this violence still goes on when more humane and effective ways of training medics and doctors are available, so I have joined Peta’s campaign to end this cruel practice,” he wrote. “Caring for the wellbeing of animals and preparing the troops serving our countries are not mutually exclusive. Sparing animals pain and death in training drills means that military personnel receive better medical training and ultimately better care if they are wounded on the battlefield.”

To read the letter, click here.

Source: PETA UK

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