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Posted: 9/14/2004 12:31:01 PM EST
Army to drug, injure goats

The Army plans to anesthetize and then wound goats to simulate combat injuries so Special Forces medics can practice treating soldiers on the battlefield.

An Army spokesman said the training can save lives, but the Humane Society of the United States said the military could spare the goats by relying on electronic simulations.

Special Forces spokesman Ben Abel of Fort Bragg, N.C., said a small number of goats would be injured but declined to be specific. The training complies with federal animal cruelty laws, he said.

The goats will be killed and cremated after the exercise, he said.

The Humane Society sent a formal protest to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in early September asking him to block the exercise

“If medics didn’t get this training, their first interaction with serious wounds would be on the battlefield,” Abel said. “It’s very important training.”

The medics also spend time at trauma care hospitals in major cities nationwide to gain experience, Abel said.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:32:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By KA3B:
Army to drug, injure goats

The Army plans to anesthetize and then wound goats to simulate combat injuries so Special Forces medics can practice treating soldiers on the battlefield.

An Army spokesman said the training can save lives, but the Humane Society of the United States said the military could spare the goats by relying on electronic simulations.

Special Forces spokesman Ben Abel of Fort Bragg, N.C., said a small number of goats would be injured but declined to be specific. The training complies with federal animal cruelty laws, he said.

The goats will be killed and cremated after the exercise, he said.

The Humane Society sent a formal protest to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in early September asking him to block the exercise

“If medics didn’t get this training, their first interaction with serious wounds would be on the battlefield,” Abel said. “It’s very important training.”

The medics also spend time at trauma care hospitals in major cities nationwide to gain experience, Abel said.


It's already being done with other animals.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:33:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:33:38 PM EST
Im thinking that instead of goats, we could use some of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, or better yet, some people on death row. Then the folks in Arkansas can still have their girlfriends.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:39:06 PM EST
I wondered this also, I was told by a doc that it keeps the military's plastic surgeons in practice, Gotta have them to fix up guys wounded in combat. I know that at the last base I was at they offered free plastic surgery, face lifts and stuff like that to the dependents for free, you just had to buy the implants. At least they arent giving out free boob jobs to the guys like the germans/dutch.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:39:25 PM EST
mooo
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:40:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 12:40:44 PM EST by garandman]
Better treatment of goats than the Muslims give 'em.




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