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Tom Morello, Chuck D, and Serj Tankian Call for End to Army's Cruel Trauma Exercises on Animals
LOS ANGELES - October 26 - The U.S. Army is shooting, burning, and poisoning goats, pigs, and monkeys in barbaric field trauma exercises, prompting some of the biggest names in music to join peta2's campaign to end the cruel and archaic procedures. A new peta2 petition calling for an end to the Army's animal abuse has been signed by Tom Morello, the Grammy-winning guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Street Sweeper Social Club; poet and System of a Down singer-songwriter Serj Tankian; Fletcher Dragge, a founding member of the influential skate-punk band Pennywise; hip-hop legend and Public Enemy founding member Chuck D; and members of punk rock band Anti-Flag, which was founded by Justin Sane and Pat Thetic.
"Soldiers tell us that they don't want to chop off goats' legs or stab pigs, but the military is requiring them to do it," says PETA Director Dan Shannon. "With the abundance of modern, humane trauma training methods--such as high-tech human simulators and rotations in civilian trauma centers--there is no need to add these animals to the list of casualties of war."
Every year, thousands of live goats and pigs are shot, stabbed, burned, and have their limbs cut off, and monkeys are chemically poisoned in military trauma training exercises, even though superior non-animal methods could replace the use of animals today. The Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute and the Navy Trauma Training Center do not use animals in their courses, and military regulations state that non-animal methods must be used whenever they are available.