so, this article got me a little upset today, and I posted it as an "item" on facebook, with merely the link and short note "Wow, this seems like a pretty outdated and inhumane practice..."
What are your thoughts? I'm not an animal rights activist, PETA member, vegetarian or Vegan. I simply can't imagine that there isn't a better way to train?!
I come home this evening to find one of my ex's army training mates posted this:
"I'm sorry but this is from an animal rights group that equates the holocaust with the slaughter of cattle and which hands over money to eco-terrorists... I can't take PETA or anyone that supports PETA seriously. If a few shot pigs (which are anesthetized) save the lives of even a few of my battle buddies in Iraq or Afghanistan because it provides the necessary trauma training that combat medics need... then so be it.
Something that saves lives is not outdated... You wouldn't think it was inhuman or outdated if the medic that saved your brother or your sister's life over there trained on those animals before he or she went over there. It may SEEM inhuman to you... but to the people who actually have to set foot in a combat zone this training saves HUMAN life."
We're all entitled to our opinion, and although I don't see his as very well thought out or intellectual, I respect it.
My response (and really all I could come up with):
"No contest that life-saving in traumatic situations is a necessary skill.
However, do you think this is the only means by which that training could be achieved?
If we can train our Army to TAKE lives under simulated circumstances, I assume we can train them to SAVE in the same way."