Coast Guard defends using live animals in combat medical training.

The Coast Guard is defending its practice of using live…

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The Coast Guard is defending its practice of using live animals in its combat medical training after an activist group released a video on Wednesday of a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers during what it said was training for agency personnel.

Live anesthetized goats have been used in Coast Guard training to treat combat wounds, but the agency could not verify if the video involved its personnel. The courses do involve “live tissue training using live animals,” Lt. Cmdr. Jamie C. Frederick, spokesman for the Atlantic Area, wrote in an email.

Frederick was responding after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called on the Pentagon to stop the practice. A congressman also has introduced legislation that would phase out the use of animals by the military for such training.

PETA said the undercover video it released from a whistleblower did show military instructors contracted by the Coast Guard cutting off an anesthetized goat’s legs in Virginia Beach. The faces of the participants are blurred and they are not in uniform.

Source: The Associated Press

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  • Nathan

    Hmmm… i suppose that PETA members believe that the Coast Guard should train on live human beings instead? That would certainly be consistent with the practices advocated by other extremist groups such as the Nazis, for example.

    In the spirit of cooperation, I am calling on PETA volunteers to take the place of these goats. This would seem entirely ethical to me. And if not? Well… perhaps PETA members are in fact animals themselves.

    Just my own two cents.