Undercover Video Reveals Military Instructors’ Cruelty to Animals in VA

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Pets / Animals

In an email message, PETA asks supporters to stand for replace the use of animals in military trauma training with the superior non-animal training methods available.

Dear Editor,

Today, PETA has blown the lid off highly secretive U.S. military training exercises in which more than 10,000 live animals are violently mutilated each year.

As a result of a report from a brave whistleblower, PETA has obtained sickening undercover video footage of a crude training course for members of the U.S. Coast Guard at a remote site in Virginia Beach, Va. Click here to watch the video now.

In the shocking leaked video, instructors working for a military contractor repeatedly break and cut off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stab the animals with scalpels to cause internal injuries, and cut into their abdomens and crudely pull out their organs.

Some of the goats moaned and kicked their legs during the mutilations, which veterinarians who viewed the video say are signs that the goats were not adequately anesthetized and may have even been feeling pain. Later in the day, according to the whistleblower, the goats were shot in the face with pistols and were hacked apart with an ax while still alive.

Seeing this footage sickened me, and as a former Navy hospital corpsman, I was disappointed that our armed forces are still harming animals when superior non-animal training methods exist. In my seven years of active duty, I never harmed any animals during my medical training. And never have I been unprepared to save lives.

Last year, PETA helped end an Army course that involved poisoning monkeys with chemicals, and we’ve saved ferrets and cats from other cruel military training courses by convincing military officials to switch to modern simulators.

The evidence of the superiority of these state-of-the-art simulation methods is so overwhelming that Congress has introduced legislation to phase out the use of animals in military training in favor of non-animal methods.

We now need your help to get this cruelty ended for good!

Please click here to contact U.S. Department of Defense officials and urge them to take immediate action to comply with military regulations and completely replace the use of animals in military trauma training with the superior non-animal training methods available.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help animals!


Matt Freeman
Communications Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

2 Responses to Undercover Video Reveals Military Instructors’ Cruelty to Animals in VA

  1. Naomi R. Rhoads

    Please discontinue harming animals as part of military training. Not only is that kind of cruelty UNETHICAL, it most likely promotes a detachment from causing pain and suffering which extends to human beings as well. Since persons serving in the military have families and come home, and leave the military…..this is not the kind of attitude the US Government and military should be promoting!

    In terms of armed forces going abroad, there have already been incidents which have discredited our country of excessive violence, of killing of civilians, of maiming corpses…..and it is highly unlikely that the attitude behind these events is not fostered by the training where instructors are unnecessarily violent to helpless animals and compel servicepersons to be so also.

  2. Angela Miller-Valianos

    There is a TEAM working on legally going forward with ‘this’ story; it is not the first one to come out that has the USA Military involved.

    How much of our tax dollars are supporting this demonic torture ?
    I see a FOIA in my near future, hit the SEND button, fax and wait.

    Too many horrid secrets covered up and a heartless sick hush hush deeper military secrets; TY Obama and all the presidents who came before AND know of these less then cruelty un-necessary vivasectors which are proven not to work anyhow, just a bunch of sick kids who have mental issues and these are the ones who are supposed to be proud and protect us? NO THANKS !

    Look at the morality of what the USA has continued to decrease here and abroad- why would anyone think they would care about you, me or any life at this point.

    I am on this, so if I do disappear; you will know why.

    A born American; told, brainwashed I was a lucky to be an American. You don’t want to know what I think about being so freaking ‘lucky’.
    I may live here but in no way are any of us ‘lucky’ except the members of Congress. SHAME SHAME SHAME !!!

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