The Abhorrent Practice of ‘Live Tissue Training’

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43994

I was alerted to this horrific practice a while back upon reading this BBC article.  Basically, it involves the shooting of live animals to simulate war conditions for medics within the army to practice first-aid treatments on.

This shocked me so much that I decided to sent a letter to my MP.  I was very impressed by his response to what it probably quite a fringe issue; he contacted the Ministry of Defence on my behalf and sought their official stance on the practice.  ‘Live tissue training’ is not practiced in the UK, but twice a year we send our soldiers to Denmark where such barbarity still ensues.  The MoD’s response was to defend it; anaesthetic is used, and afterwards the pigs are ‘humanely destroyed’.  Well, that’s okay then.

Myself, my mother and one or two other people we know have tried to raise awareness for this.  Our main strategy for doing so has sharing a petition  calling on the government to end its involvement with the practice (which, if you have a moment, please sign!  It would mean so much).  The number was at 12 when I found it; as you can see, we have added 7 signatures to it.  We must have a combined friend/follower count of at least 300 people.  Okay, perhaps discount around half of that who may have missed it.  So out of roughly 150 people… 4 signed it?  5?  Do people really look at these things and skim over?  I suppose they do.  I probably do this too, with other petitions.  It’s just a shocking reminder at how we discard things which don’t affect us.

Have I guilt-tripped into singing it yet?

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9 thoughts on “The Abhorrent Practice of ‘Live Tissue Training’

  1. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff deal with trauma in very controlled enviorments with teams of medical personnel by their side and only after years of experience and schooling. They also get the opourtunity to shadow in emergency rooms while interning. An army medic is typically young and unexpeirenced. He/she gets a few months of training and then is assigned to a unit and sent to combat and is expected to handle wounds that challenge most seasoned doctors while he/she is typically the sole medical provider and often times in some very chaotic/dangerous/austere conditions. The training, if you did some research you would find out is done with animals who are under complete sedation, saves HUMAN LIFE. Fine, I’ll even agree, this is “inhumane” to do this to animals, whom all were livestock breed specifically for slaughter btw( you could be mad at that too) but if it pisses you of so much maybe the better place to be outraged is your leaders who decided its necessary to send your guys/gals to war in the first place. Just sayin’

  2. I can’t say that I like the practice at all.
    But if the British Army think it’s necessary, and it saves British soldier’s lives, then I’m afraid it’s a rather nasty but necessary evil.

    • If every country pandered to what their army felt was ‘necessary’, I expect the world would be a radioactive wasteland by now and you’d be seeing human rights violations in every country (left) on a daily basis.

  3. I am perplexed as to why army medics need to be trained this way whereas our doctors and nurses who save lives on a daily basis manage without training on live animals. I’m sure that a lot of injuries they see on that daily basis are sometimes not dissimilar to those from a battlefield (explosions – be it gas or other, fires, occassionally gunshot wounds, probably quite often knife wounds…I’m sure the list goes on). So, why the need for live animals? I wish someone would answer that question!

    • Most British Army medics are not used to dealing with gunshot wounds, hence the presumed need for some realistic practice. It’s not nice, but then battle and war aren’t nice. Think of the British soldier in combat before the unfortunate pig.

      • The British soldiers have a choice; the pigs don’t – therefore my sympathy absolutely is more with the pigs, despite however brave and vital our volunteers are. And surgeons don’t find it ‘necessary’ to put pigs into car crashes, or give them stab wounds, or…

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