I have great news from the frontlines of our international campaign to end the shooting, stabbing, burning, and killing of animals in military training drills!
Following a two-year international PETA effort, the armed forces of Poland have fully replaced their cruel use of animals in military medical training exerciseswith modern, humanlike medical simulators. In correspondence with PETA, Polish military officials cited information that we provided on the benefits of simulation technology as well as protest letters from our international supporters as the motivation behind this shift.
We first learned that the Polish military was using animals for medical training drills in early 2011, and we subsequently contacted officials with detailed information on the effectiveness of human-patient simulators. PETA's international affiliates also posted online action alerts, which resulted in nearly 30,000 of our supporters around the world contacting Polish military officials to urge them to switch to modern, humane training methods.
And after PETA published a study that found that nearly 80 percent of NATO nations do not use any animals for military medical training, we filed a complaint with the European Commission alleging that Poland and other nations were violating a European Union law that requires the use of training methods "not entailing the use of live animals" whenever possible.
Poland's compassionate decision makes it the 23rd out of 28 NATO nations to confirm that they do not use any animals for military medical training. The U.S., Canada, the U.K., Denmark, and Norway are now the only NATO countries that still shoot, cut apart, and otherwise torment animals in military training.
It has been an exciting few months in our effort to modernize military medical training. This lifesaving development in Poland comes on the heels of news that the U.S. Army has instituted a new policy that prohibits many medical personnel from being trained using animals and requires that they instead be trained with simulation and other non-animal methods. And it's just months after PETA convinced a major Army training center to replace its use of ferrets for intubation training with modern simulators.
We've made significant progress, but our work is not over yet. Please take action today to tell U.S. military officials to follow the lead of 23 NATO nations and immediately end the cruel use of animals in training for ALL personnel.
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