I'm so not making this up!
Thousands of goats per year will be
spared now that lawmakers have passed a law ending the killing of goats
for Army medical training.
For years, Fort Bragg has shot, blown up and otherwise killed some
300 goats per month to train Army medics for treating wounded soldiers,
according to the Fayetteville Observer. Documents show Fort Bragg's Army
Special Operations Command requested up to 3,600 goats last year.
Animal activists claim the goats are shot, stabbed, bludgeoned and blown
up to simulate the types of injuries those in combat face, according to
But the new law appears to be the end of the practice, which angered
animal rights activists. Instead, medics may train on humans wearing
"organ suits," which have simulated human organs, breakable synthetic
bones and even bloodlike fluid.
The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act requires the
Department of Defense to provide plans by March to replace animals that
are currently used for medical training, The Fayetteville Observer
reported. (My note: It does, however, allow for the imprisonment of suspected 'enemies of the state' on an indefinite basis)!
Officials with the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
and Army Special Operations Command wouldn't tell the newspaper how they
plan to replace the animals (?) or say how many are killed during training.