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    Army Training Exercise That Injures Goats Causing Controversy Animal Welfare Group Wants Practice To Stop POSTED: 7:01 am MDT September 8, 2004 UPDATED: 5:08
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      Army Training Exercise That Injures Goats Causing Controversy


      Animal Welfare Group Wants Practice To Stop

      POSTED: 7:01 am MDT September 8, 2004
      UPDATED: 5:08 pm MDT September 8, 2004
      FORT CARSON, Colo. -- A training exercise planned at Fort Carson later
      this month is creating some controversy.
      The Army said an undisclosed number of goats will be sedated and then
      injured to simulate combat wounds so medics can practice treating them.
      Officials said the exercise will help save the lives of soldiers in Iraq
      and Afghanistan.



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      "It's very important training," said Ben Abel, a spokesman for Army
      Special Forces Command in Fort Bragg, N.C., which is responsible for the
      training exercise at Fort Carson.
      Abel characterized the number of goats that will be wounded and
      eventually killed at Fort Carson this month as "a small amount," but he
      wouldn't provide a number. He said the training is in compliance with
      federal animal cruelty laws.



      SURVEY

      Do you think the U.S. Army should injure goats to give medics simulated
      battlefield training?

      Yes. If it can save the life of a soldier.
      No. Hurting animals for any reason is wrong.
      I'm not sure on this one.


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      The Washington-based Humane Society sent a formal protest to Defense
      Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week asking him to block the exercise,
      said Martin Stephens, the society's vice president for animal research
      issues.
      "We wouldn't be much of a Humane Society if we didn't oppose the
      shooting of goats for training purposes," he said. "There clearly has to
      be a better way."
      The Army has made some concessions, discontinuing similar training using
      dogs and switching to goats, Stephens said.
      An informant told the Humane Society that at least one goat will be
      pushed off a cliff.
      Animals have long been used in training exercises throughout Army
      history. Dogs were once used before being replaced by goats in medic
      training.
      "If medics didn't get this training, their first interaction with
      serious wounds would be on the battlefield," said Abel.
      "I wouldn't want to be treated by a physician whose last patient was a
      goat," countered Dan Hanley, with People For the Ethical Treatment of
      Animals.
      After the goats are treated by Army medics, they will be killed and
      cremated.
      The medics also spend time at trauma care hospitals in major cities
      nationwide to gain experience, Abel said.

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