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SKY NEWS in the U.K. reports today that a U.S. Army soldier has alerted PETA of a violation of animal rights. His complaint has sounded a world-wide alert by the animal rights organization.

The reports goes on to say the soldier has complained that the U.S. Army has taken on the practice of shooting live pigs as a part of emergency medical training.

The military says the practice teaches troops emergency lifesaving skills needed on the battlefield when there are no doctors or medical facilities nearby. "It's to teach Army personnel how to manage critically injured patients within the first few hours of their injury," said Major Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division.
But animal cruelty organisation Peta has labelled the practice outdated and unnecessary and have urged the Army to rethink the plan.
"There's absolutely no reason why they have to shoot live pigs," spokeswoman Holly Beal said.
Peta said the training was brought to their attention by a "distraught" soldier who told them of plans to shoot the pigs with M4 carbines and M16 rifles.
The organisation said there were more humane options available, including high-tech human simulators.
But Major Cheng said shooting pigs was the best option.
"Those alternative methods just can't replicate what the troops are going to face when we use live-tissue training," he said.
"What we're doing is unique to what the soldiers are going to actually experience."
He added that the pigs were anaesthetised for the drill.
"We understand (Peta's) concerns and point of view. At the same, the Army is committed to providing the soldiers with the best training possible," he said.
Determined to halt the exercise, Peta has asked its two million members to flood the Army with calls and emails.
 

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"The PETA spokesperson was seen dining on pork chops shortly before their press conference".
 

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Oddly enough I just came across the following from Australia. Perhaps there could have been some international cooperation:

Hundreds of feral pigs have been shot in a national park in Queensland's central west this week as part of a feral animal control program.
The Lochern National Park, south of Longreach, has been closed to visitors during the cull, but it is due to reopen this weekend.
Stirling MacDonald from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service says aerial shooting is one of several options rangers are using to reduce pig numbers.
"This is just one option that is in our suite of options and it's part of a targeted campaign," he said.
"We use the aerial shoot because it provides a large knock-down of feral animals in one hit and then we continue to apply pressure to them throughout the year using other methods like incidental shooting and trapping."
 

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The reports goes on to say the soldier has complained that the U.S. Army has taken on the practice of shooting live pigs as a part of emergency medical training.
"We use the aerial shoot because it provides a large knock-down of feral animals in one hit and then we continue to apply pressure to them throughout the year using other methods like incidental shooting and trapping."
I could go two ways with this...

Air Cavalry mixed with medic training? Cool.

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Those pigs most not clot well if they're applying pressure all year...

Oh wait, I was mixing my stories there.
 
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