U.S. Marines Plan to Kill Pigs for Trauma Training

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Originally Posted: 4 October 2011

U.S. Marines Plan to Kill Pigs in Hawaii for Trauma Training

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)


Please take a minute to urge the commander of U.S. Marines Base Hawaii to immediately replace the use of animals in upcoming combat trauma training courses.

Sign an online petition:


We have provided text for you below, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

I am writing to ask that you use only human-based methods instead of live animals for the combat trauma training courses scheduled for this week, and in all future courses. The curriculum used in these courses can be taught with any of a variety of realistic, high-fidelity medical simulators. In fact, the U.S. Marines in Okinawa has confirmed that it exclusively "relies on lifelike, robotic mannequins" and "does not use live animals" to conduct combat trauma training courses.

Further, the Cut Suit, by Strategic Operations, Inc., was specifically designed for combat trauma training courses and can be used to teach a wide variety of procedures, including all of those that are scheduled to occur in the live tissue portion of the upcoming courses. Cut Suit can teach extremity tourniquet application, extremity arterial hemorrhage clamping, surgical incisions to the thoracic and abdominal cavity, hemorrhage control of gross organ structure, and suturing or stapling of gross organs and skin.

Lastly, veterans organizations are endorsing efforts to end the use of animals in military medical training. The Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees, the Korean War Veterans Association, and the African-American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association have all signed letters of support.

Please take this opportunity to switch to superior, human-based methods being used elsewhere.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!