I am going to repost an alert sent by the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance to its members and to all who care about animal welfare. I have already sent my own email to the authorities at Fort Dix, and I am asking you to send in yours as well. Phone calls, emails, and demonstrations do make a difference, and please do not be skeptical about their efficacy. Help open their eyes to compassion and respect for animals. There are individuals at Fort Dix who would turn the home of our fighting men and women into a house of horror for animals. The maiming of innocent animals will take place in two days, and so time is of the essence. I won't even repeat the points made in the alert since you can read about them as follows:
NJARA received a call from a whistleblower at Fort Dix, NJ informing us of the Army's plans to stab, shoot and break the legs of pigs and goats, attempting to create combat injuries, in order that medics can work on them. As with all animal experimentation, this exercise is inhumane and absurd and has no relevancy to human beings who are injured in combat situations.
They will be continuing this barbaric teaching method this week, Wednesday, 1/14 through Friday, 1/16. Please contact the base asking Colonel Thaxton to halt these experiments which may violate the Department of Defense's animal welfare regulation that requires the use of non-animal methods when such methods are available. And numerous methods DO exist, such as the military's own Combat Trauma Patient Simulator. The Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute's Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Naval Trauma Training Center in Los Angeles both do not use animals in trauma experimentation.
NJARA passed this information along to PCRM and PETA, who have both had campaigns to end the military's use of animals. PETA acted by sending a press release and writing the base commander.
Please take a moment to email Colonel Thaxton by using Peta's emailer alert: http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/fort_dix. As asked, it is always best to write a short, heartfelt letter in your own words, and not use the sample verbatim.
Additionally, please read PETA's alert on the Army's use of live animals to train medics for combat conditions: http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/end_trauma_training. Then, write NJ's federal senators, Lautenberg, and Menendez as well as your federal representative (visit http://lwvnj.org/pubs/CG08.pdf starting at page 18). Ask them to contact the Army and insist that they ban the use of animals in such tests.
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA)
PO Box 174
Englishtown, NJ 07726
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation. Visit us at http://www.nj-ara.org/.
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