Among President Barack Obama's various executive orders signed during his first 100 days was a memo banning the use of torture during military interrogations.
Soon after, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to ban another kind of military torture: the use of animals in military trauma exercises.
PETA suggested that the military adopt non-animal-based tests, which they say "are readily available and already in use at several military installations. The non-animal methods include rotations in military trauma hospitals and the use of the DoD's own Combat Trauma Patient Simulator."
The American military has a long history of cruel animal testing and killing that is relatively under-reported by the mass media.
"The year after Japan's surrender, scientists loaded approximately forty-five hundred animals into navy ships, anchored them near Bikini Atoll, and detonated an atomic bomb," writes Diane L. Beers in her 2006 book For the Prevention of Cruelty: the History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States.
"Between 1957 and 1958, monkeys were placed at variable distances from ground zero in nuclear weapons tests, and throughout the 1960s, the Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Defense authorized the irradiation of millions of rats, mice, monkeys, dogs, and other animals annually."
This sad legacy of the atomic age military industrial complex still pervades America's Department of Defense.
According to PETA, "Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, burned and poisoned every year in Department of Defense (DoD) training exercises designed to train medics and infantry in how to treat various human battlefield injuries."
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