"If any of us learned of someone chopping up a living animal, I know we would do all that we could to stop that cruelty the moment we found out about it. That's why I am hoping you will take action today.
Last week, I sent you an e-mail that included disturbing video footage in which U.S. military course instructors cut off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stabbed the animals with scalpels, and then pulled out their organs. Eleven members of Congress recently asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review—and potentially cancel—newly awarded contracts to the firm behind these courses.
We need your help to stop horrors like those revealed in this video. Please take a moment to sign our petition urging Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other military officials to help end these abuses right now.
Thousands of sensitive animals like the goats seen in the video are killed and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are wasted every year in experiments and training exercises ordered by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Nearly 80 percent of all NATO countries—including Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain—do not use any animals in military training exercises. Yet the DOD has failed to phase out the cruel use of animals in these exercises in favor of more-effective non-animal training methods that better prepare troops for saving lives on the battlefield.
PETA is ramping up our efforts to demand that the military—and others—stop the slaughter of animals in cruel, crude, and inferior training and testing practices such as those documented in this recent video, but we need your help.
By signing our petition to the secretary of defense and other officials, you'll be telling some of the highest-level U.S. military officials that there's no excuse for the military to continue to shoot, stab, mutilate, and kill more than 10,000 live animals each year.
Thank you for your vital support of this important campaign."
There can be no acceptable excuses for such behaviour. We in the West are appalled when we read, see and hear of animal cruelty in the Far East, for example. If it is in our own back yards are we simply going to make excuses for causing such terrible suffering to innocent creatures. We hope you agree with us that, no we are not.
We have signed the petition, will you join us in doing so? Thank you
Graphic Video footage here