The military has come under pressure for years for their practice of using goats as their version of “crash test dummies”, but with a new law inked this month, the DOD will provide Congress with a timeline to discontinue this type of animal testing.
The use of goats is common for special ops and medical training, however, the practice is not frequently talked about outside of those circles. On average, a base that uses goats for medical use and trauma experiments kills some 300 goats a month.
For the last 30 years, animal activists have protested the use of animals to simulate soldier-trauma in the battlefield. In the 1980s, activists were able to get the military to discontinue using cats and dogs in similar tests.
The news was released yesterday by the FayObserver.com, a local online news source for the Fort Bragg, N.C. area where their Special Operations Command requested funds for nearly 4,000 goats in 2012.
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