US Government War On Animals And Their Protectors
(See Animal Rights Talk section)
True citizens expose the injustices of their governments.
I have no right to judge any individual. But I have a right to work for change.
I do not support arson because it takes the lives of small mammals, birds,
insects and potentialy of human life. Each person's conscience is sovereign.
When PETA picketed the home of Caspar Weinberger because the DOD
was shooting dogs to give surgical practice, he graciously answered the door
and discontinued the program. Unfortunately, goats then became the new
scapegoats. It is my belief that people have a constitutional right to picket
the homes of vivisectors and to acquaint their neighbors with their occupations.
Not everyone shares my opinion.
FBI war on animals and their protectors
Justice Dept. funding tasering and burning of pigs at Univ.
FBI's role in quashing 1st amendment rights of activists
FBI Agent arrests man at Virginia circus demo for wearing an animal mask
FBI Cover up of Ft Detrick And Dugway Proving Grounds Primate Sacrifice
in Weaponied Anthrax Research
FBI Propaganda Amplified by KTVU re illegal arrests of animal rights
activists picketing homes of UC Berkeley vivisectors
US Military's War on Animals
US Air Force Pig Tasering And Other Experiments at Brooks AFB
which has also irradiated primates
Navy killing whales with sonar and propellers is sued by
several groups. http://www.hsus.org http://www.cousteau.org
Army's Dugway Proving Ground Experimenting With Weaponized Anthrax on
Soldiers Trained To Kill And Eat Animals
Donald Rumsfeld's American distribution rights to vivisector Roche's ineffective scam
Human casualties in Afghanistan are underreported. Animal casualties
are censored. Afghan War Killing Some of the last 100 snow leopards in Afghanistan along with hibernating bears buried, sealed alive in caves,
big horned sheep and countless other species.
Afghan and other war effects of landmines on people and animals
Top brass Require Soldiers To Abandon Pets When Deployed Overseas
Depleted Uranium in Iraq at 81 Times The Average Gives Cancer to People and Animals
Ft Campbell Kentucky sprayed thousands of blackbirds with detergent in
winter so that the loss of oil would cause their deaths by freezing.
Ann Free of the Birmingham News wrote that the heat from their bodies
rose visibly (as their souls rose invisibly)
Army's Ft Sam Houston: rats immersed in boiling water for 10 seconds..
and then infected on burned areas
DOD: Goats substituted for dogs.. shot at Wound Labs for surgical practice.
Ft Detrick: Rabbits bound by steel rods while mosquitoes feast on them
NIH barbarism and negligence
NIH gives Harvard's underground labs more $ than any other univ
EPA testing on animals and approving lethal insecticides
USDA Opposition to Mad Cow Testing. USDA
hiding the truth as well about Mad Pig Mad Sheep Mad Lamb
Mad Deer Mad Elk Mad Chicken Mad Turkey Mad Fish
USDA: Revolving door between USDA and animal flesh industry
(Ann Veneman, USDA Secretary, was mentored by
Lyng of the American Meat Inst. before going on to UNICEF)
USDA, Monsanto, Dairy Industry Poisoning Children With School
USDA Muzzling Mad Cow Truth
(USDA muzzling list of
ingredients containing Mad Cow, Mad Pig, etc.)
USDA is mandated to investigate animal research labs. Its criminal
neglect in this area joins many other areas.
USDA's US Forest Service through the criminal policy of controlled burns
has set millions of acres on fire, burning people, animals, trees, buildings.
US Fish and Wildlife Service trying to kill hundreds of sea lions
along with Oregon and WAshington state agencies...
for the salmon fishermen who want to continue their
suffocation of salmon uninterrupted
Continues to promote hunting and fishing in violation of the teachings of
most religions and though the percentage of hunters in the population is
the smallest in history. 100% are taxed for the blood sport of 1 to 5%
(depending on the state.. Pennsylvania having the most)
4 of the many ways the Bureau of Land Management kills
and otherwise harms animals
US Commerce Dept promotes McDonald's and KFC around world..
building a hospital with McD in Brazil
NASA exploded thousands of animals over 5 states when Lockheed's
obsolete shuttle blew up. The public was not informed that NASA Glenn
captive animals were secreted into the hold.
Dept of Transportation: Through the instigation of Senators Feingold,
Grassley and Harkin, ratified by the Diebold Senate, the minimal protections for baby chicks in transit
were eliminated. They are now no longer under abimal status but are
classified as commercial mail, denied the requirements of protection from
freezing, heat, suffocation, smashing, thirst.
FDA, puppets of international pharmaceutical vivisecting pricegouging
manufacturers of lethal products, often fails to act about dangerous food:
Toxic Animal Flesh
Poisonous Fish Flesh
Atomic Energy Commission.. The Atomic Ark 4000 animals deliberately
sacrificed.. burned alive in atom bomb testing
To be added:
NASA's decades of animal torture, including primates imprisoned in restraining
chairs for months at a time.. their legs paralyzed..
Fast food employees paid by the taxes of the poor
The Air Force Experiments On Animals
PETA has obtained sickening video footage of another series of Taser experiments, which were funded by the Pentagon's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) through the Department of Defense (DoD). The JNLWD commissioned the Air Force Research Laboratory to "evaluate the behavioral effectiveness" of Taser's products at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas.
Here are the chilling details of one Taser experiment on 11 pigs:
Each pig was initially exposed to the output of one of five randomly selected TASER-like devices for 15 seconds. There was a minimum rest period of 45 hours between succeeding exposures .... The initial exposures were accomplished while the pigs were pressing a panel for a food reward. After the second exposure, independent of the devices they were exposed to, the pigs refused to approach the bar and food well. Therefore, the test chamber was reconfigured; the panel press apparatus and food well were replaced with a bowl that contained food. After the third exposure, the pigs refused to approach the food bowl and vigorously resisted entering the test chamber.
Read the full report.
A one-second jolt with a Taser has been known to cause excruciating pain. One reporter recounted, "Taking the jolt, my knees gave out and the quick blast felt like it lasted 10 minutes. All I could see was red, and the pain was like an extreme migraine headache and how I imagine a whack in the back with a baseball bat would feel." After being subjected to an intolerable 15 seconds of electric current, it's no wonder that the animals refused to go back into the chamber. Even when they had been cruelly fasted for up to 48 hours, they balked, knowing what would happen to them.
In the protocols, the experimenters documented the following:
Pigs "vocalized loudly and ran in circles."
Most pigs "ran in circles. While being tasered, some of the swine jumped, either against the wall or over a wall."
One pig who was Tasered "was able to jump back and forth over a 2.5-ft wall."
One pig who was Tasered "was able to jump against the wall and its front hoof reached 6 ft off the ground."
The Air Force Video: Where's the Sound?
PETA was denied video footage of these experiments until our attorney filed a complaint. When we finally received the DVD, it was obvious why the Air Force was reluctant to release it. The animals were shown screaming and convulsing horribly, one after the other; they were deliberately and repeatedly subjected to prolonged electric Taser shocks. But the videotape did not have an audio track, and we've had to file another appeal for the full, unedited version as well as photographs that we know exist.
PETA wrote to the Air Force Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members who approved this pitiless, revolting experimentwhich was designated a category 3 experiment ("Pain or distress without analgesia"). We sent them a copy of the DVD so that they could see for themselves what they had approved. We asked them to favor non-animal test methods and refuse to sign off on any other protocols that involve blatant suffering.
Experiments on AnimalsNot Good for the Air Force's Reputation
One member of the IACUC, John Ziriax, wrote that this experiment "will be a very high visibility project. This is a feature that has both good and bad consequences. On the good side, done well, this experiment could enhance the reputation of Brooks as a DoD bioeffects research laboratory. On the bad side, anything less than quality work has the potential for doing damage to our collective reputation and our ability to continue doing research with animals."
Please write to Dr. James Jauchem, who presided over these experiments. Ask how these crude tests could have passed muster, and explain that they reflect very poorly on Brooks Air Force Base. Politely tell him that this does not qualify as "quality work" and that weapons experiments on animals must cease.
James Jauchem, Ph.D.
8308 Hawks Rd.
Brooks Air Force Base, TX 78235
Please also write to:
Col. David Karcher, Director
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
3097 Range Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134
Who are the billionaires for whom these government bullies work?
Nelson Peltz: billionaire owner of Arby's, Wendy's Kraft
Warren Buffett, billionaire owner of Dean Foods
Don Tyson: billionaire owner of the largest network of
pig and cow slaughterhouses
NPR: owner of 200 million in McDonald's stocks
Yum Foods, Kentucky based.. world's largest conglomerate
owner of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut etc.
Bill Gates, funder of vivisection at Duke University which maintains
a partnership with the Atkins Foundation (the toxic Atkins
diet condemned by the AMA and with Smithfield, largest
pig butcher in the US)
Karl Albrecht Germany 87 20.0 Germany
animal and fish flesh monger Aldi's which carries virtually
no vegan burgers, no vegan ice creams, no tempeh or hummus
David Rockefeller who owns cattle ranches in Argentina
and a sheep ranch in Australia as well as a collection of 50,000
The heirs of Winthrop Rockefeller, father and son, with
their Winrock Farms cattle ranch in Arkansas.
At least 5 Secretaries of State, including Henry Kissinger
and Dean Acheson, were made so because of their
connection to the Rockefeller Foundation. They were
trained in protecting its assets. The latest Secretary of
State, Hillary Clinton, was heavily invested in slaughterhouse
and vivisection products before being forced to divest.
Gioia Family connection to Topps Meat
(There are tens of thousands of billionaires, centimillionaires
and decamillionaires for whom the government agencies work)
For other billionaires see http://www.forbes.com
annual list of the biggest thieves in the world
Intimidating vegetarian and vegan groups
Decades ago, the US Govt told Seventh Day Adventist vegan
hospitals that unless they served meat they would lose
federal funding. The SDA caved in. Unfortunately, Loma Linda
Hospital, an SDA one, is involved in vivisection and murdered
a baboon for a heart transplant to a human.
The US Army's helicopters were buzzing the vegan community
called The Farm in Summertown Tennessee until Senator Al
Gore stpped in to stop it.
Because most of Sai Baba's 100 million followerse are vegetarian
or vegan and because they work actively to promote
a world without slaughterhouses, the US Govt as well
as those of the UK, Australia have spread disinformation
about the only man in history to have 100 million people believe
him an avatar.
The Commonwealth countries are all involved in mass
genocide of animals.
That is perhaps the main reason for their sharing of Echelon
satellites which spy on their citizens.
The previous Canadian PM was on NPR not as a statesman but
as a shill for Canadian cow flesh.
The present fraudulently elected PM Harper continues
to pay Newfoundland seal clubbers to massacre baby seals.
Many around the world are responding by boycotting the
Canada advertises the hunting of bears.
It deforests old growth woods.
It kills animals in Afghanistan
kills primates and other animals in testing
promotes British animal flesh
kills animals in Afghanistan
has created drought with its deforesting livestock economy
kills 6 million kangaroos a year
is involved in the barbarism of live shipments of sheep and
cows aboard ship
Ft Detrick Maryland Killed 4000 Primates in Just 1 Weaponized
Anthrax Experiment Before shipping Primates and Samples
to Battelle Memorial Labs of Tennessee, Columbus and
West Jefferson Ohio.
Battelle received 1 billion from the CIA
rockcreekfreepress reprinted from
NY Times Complicit in FBI Anthrax Coverup
BY SHEILA CASEY / RCFP
Back in 2001, just months after the anthrax attacks that killed five people,
several articles came out in mainstream newspapers that pointed clearly to the
CIA and Army as the most likely sources of the weaponized anthrax. Articles in
The Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Washington Post and New York Times laid out the
facts that incriminated Battelle Memorial Labs in West Jefferson, Ohio, and the
Army's lab at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah as the only logical sources for
the anthrax. These facts, as reported in 2001, include:
1. For over a decade, Army scientists at Dugway have been making weapons-grade
anthrax that is "virtually identical" to the anthrax used in the attacks.
2. The anthrax used in the 2001 attacks was extremely concentrated, with a
trillion spores per gram. The Dugway anthrax had a similar concentration.
3. The FBI was increasingly focused on US government bioweapons research
programs as the source of the deadly anthrax.
4. Both the lab in Utah and the lab in Ohio received anthrax samples from the
United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
at Fort Detrick, although USAMRIID deals only with wet anthrax and ships it wet.
5. The investigation was focused on the Dugway anthrax, and Dugway was described
as the only facility that was known to be weaponizing anthrax.
6. One FBI official said that the CIA's anthrax was "the best lead we have at
7. Army officials said that Fort Detrick did not have the equipment for
The FBI has never explained what became of this initial focus on the labs in
Utah and Ohio. Instead, after the death of Fort Detrick anthrax researcher Bruce
Ivins in July, 2008, the FBI attempted to make the case that Ivins was the
murderer and all other suspects had been cleared of suspicion.
Since Ivins' death, the media have, with very few exceptions, passively
swallowed the line dispensed by the FBI, and have acted as little more than
stenographers in parroting the hollow arguments presented by the FBI that Ivins
On December 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun published a seminal article by Scott
Shane that clearly laid out just how strong the evidence was against the Dugway
Proving Ground in Utah. Subtitled "Organisms made at a military laboratory in
Utah are genetically identical to those mailed to members of Congress," Shane's
article also includes this eyebrow-raising line: "Scientists familiar with the
anthrax program at Dugway described it to The Sun on the condition that they not
Apparently Shane has forgotten all that he reported seven years ago. Now with
The New York Times, Shane's latest piece, published January 4, 2009, raises
troubling questions about the independence of The Times, and the memory hole
that Shane must have used to shunt away all that he once knew about the case the
FBI code-named Amerithrax.
Shane calls his 5,200 word article "the deepest look so far at the
investigation." Titled "Portrait Emerges of Anthrax Suspect's Troubled Life," it
is primarily a hatchet job on Bruce Ivins. Filled with innuendo and
unsubstantiated allegations, the purpose of the article is clearly to solidify
the perception that Ivins was the killer, and to pooh-pooh the widely held
belief that the anthrax came from a CIA or military lab in Utah or Ohio.
Shane dismisses these beliefs breezily, stating: "The Times review found that
the FBI had disproved the assertion, widespread among scientists who believe Dr.
Ivins was innocent, that the anthrax might have come from military and
intelligence research programs in Utah or Ohio." Not a single piece of evidence
is presented to back up this sweeping claim.
Halfway through his article, Shane springs another shocker on us. "By early
2004, FBI scientists had discovered that out of 60 domestic and foreign water
samples, only water from Frederick, Maryland, had the same chemical signature as
the water used to grow the mailed anthrax."
Really? Do FBI scientists think that anthrax researchers go to the kitchen sink
for the water they use to grow the anthrax? According to Wikipedia, biochemistry
labs use only highly purifi ed water, such as double-distilled. Distilled water
is created by boiling water and collecting the steam. To obtain double-distilled
water, the process is done twice, so that all impurities and minerals are
removed. Distilled water has the same chemical signature, namely none, no matter
where in the world it originates.
It is unprecedented to have a major development in a high profi le case go
unreported for a full five years. Not only has the FBI never before mentioned
this so-called discovery about the signature of the water, but when they were
specifically asked if anything could be learned from the water, they said no.
The question came up on August 18, 2008, when the FBI held a science briefi ng
to follow up on the highly publicized August 6 press conference by DOJ attorney
Jeff Taylor. The science briefi ng was hosted by Dr. Vahid Majidi, Assistant
Director of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
Dr. Majidi was asked: "In your looking at the elemental and chemical properties,
could you tell anything about the water that was used to fi lter this anthrax,
and did that do you any good?"
Dr. Majidi replied: "No. No."
Yet here we are, five months later, with Scott Shane telling us that the FBI has
known since 2004 that the anthrax was grown near Fort Detrick, because of the
chemical signature of the water.
Beyond these outrageous claims, Shane's article is busy assassinating Bruce
Ivins' character. We have Nancy Haigwood saying of Ivins "he did it," for no
apparent reason other than she doesn't like him and thinks he's odd. She also
thinks Ivins vandalized her house 27 years ago and impersonated her. No reason
is given for why she believes these things.
Shane editorializes heavily. He charges that Ivins was "chipper" even as five
people were dead or dying of anthrax inhalation, and was relishing his moment in
the spotlight. No evidence is presented for how Shane reached these conclusions
Words Shane uses to describe Ivins (including quotes from others) are: corny,
dour, scary, provocative, emotionally laden, thin-skinned, aggressive, goody two
shoes, very sensitive, creepy, possessing an unnerving hubris, stressed,
depressed, rude, sarcastic, nasty, devious, jumpy and agitated.
We find out that Ivins had been a nerdy, awkward teenager, was not popular in
high school, and was still bitter about this.
He liked to eat a mixture of peas, yogurt and tuna for lunch and wore outdated
bell-bottoms, practices that, according to Shane, got him labeled an "oddball."
The words odd, oddball or oddities appear five times in Shane's article.
The final reference, regarding "a man whose oddities, for many people, made the
FBI's anthrax accusation more plausible," tips Shane's hand. His constant
harping on Ivins oddness betrays the poverty of the FBI's case, which Shane
acknowledges has "yielded nothing more persuasive than a strong hunch" that
Ivins was the killer.
Fortunately for many of us, being odd is not a crime.
But was Ivins odd? The Frederick News Post published a letter from Amanda Lane
on August 10, 2008 that includes: "I want to shout from the mountain tops that
Bruce was the kind of man we look up to
He was a decorated scientist and the
humblest of men who didn't use his title as a status symbol. He picked up a mop
or emptied the trash without a moment's hesitation. If he thought you were
having a bad day he would offer candy or a catchy tune to cheer you up. If
someone had to stay late to accomplish a task, Bruce would work with you so that
the task would get completed faster.
"He was not the greatest athlete, but he was the best cheerleader present at
every game to support his friends. I will truly miss his good humor, as there
are few people in life who measure up to this man. I hope that he knew how much
joy he brought to my life and others around him. If I learned anything from
Bruce, it was to enjoy life and to always smile. His friendship brightened so
many lives. I hope that Americans will remember Bruce for the funny and
compassionate person that he was, because that is all Bruce knew how to be."
Although Shane does mention that Ivins' colleagues cherished him, the
implication is that they didn't really know him, as "he hid from them a shadow
side of mental illness, alcoholism, secret obsessions and hints of violence."
The New York Times has published a hit piece, devoid of incriminating facts,
more gossip than journalism. Shane's article raises disturbing questions about
the relationship between The New York Times and the US government. What happened
to the FBI's original focus on the CIA and Army labs? Who is behind the drive to
pin the attacks on a dead man who possessed neither the means nor the motive to
carry them out? And why is The Times acting as a PR arm for those with an agenda
that has nothing to do with journalism?
Sheila Casey is a DC-based journalist. Her work has been published by the
Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, the Denver Post, Dissident Voice and Common Dreams.
The Future is Vegan Money
(BSE Lawsuits, ecoli lawsuits, salmonella and anaphylactic
shock and amyloid plaque (Alzheimer's) lawsuits,
critical mass in vegan diet among the young,
need to maximize the earth's food yield through the
highest yield foods (fruit and nut trees)
need to stabilize the weather through fruit tree planting
Light in the Darkness
Dr Faust, chief of the USDA Fruit Labs, told a reporter he had
seen centenarian apple trees drop 2 tons each of free food.
State Govt. Barbarisms
(an almost infinite list)
Gov Perry's connections to vivisector Merck
Corrupt Senators (virtually all with emphasis on
the Western livestock state senators and southern poultry
The Senate passed the criminal AETA bill which was pushed
most by Coburn and Inhofe of Oklahoma and Izaksom and Chambliss of Georgia.
John Cornyn of Texas, elected through vote fraud
.. was part of a hunting party which killed over 400
cage raised birds released in nets in front of him.. (in 1 day)
Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.. Pfizer's voice in the Senate..
Pfizer incinerates in New London CT incinerator alone, a truckload
of dead animal victims daily
George Voinovich of Ohio
1. as governor authored legislation which made the mourning
dove a hunted bird
2. when a German factory farmer was banned and jailed
for cruelty to animals and nearly killing a worker with nicotinic
insecticides, Voinovich invited him to Ohio with a red carpet
which turned out to be a carpet of blood.. 1/2 million birds
were killed in a tornado.. many of them without food
or water .. and without feathers..in the 30 degree weather
... were finally bulldozed alive into graves by Buckeye which
became Agrigeneral and now has another name
Dianne Feinstein, war profiteer and insider trading who has illegally
funneled billion dollar contracts from the govt. to her husband.
Feingold, Harkin Grassley... removed protections for baby chicks
Don Barnes' refusal to continue irradiating primates at Barnes AFB
inspired the movie Project X with Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt.
People tend to think of San Francisco as a liberal area.
Yet its elected politicians Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi
are warwagers. In addition UC Berkeley administration
worked with the FBI and Schwarzenegger to pass an
unconstitutional bill limiting the right to picket.
Army's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah Confirms Weaponized Anthrax
14 Jun 2003 (before Rupert Murdoch bought the paper)
Source: Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2001.
SPECIAL REPORT: AFTERMATH OF TERROR
Army Confirms Experiments With Anthrax at Utah Facility
By JOHN FIALKA and GARY FIELDS, Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The U.S. Army confirmed Thursday that it has experimented in the last few years at a Utah facility with powdered forms of anthrax that could be used as a weapon, but said all of the material had been accounted for.
Army officials refused to say if the powdered anthrax -- manufactured to test defensive decontamination methods, they said -- was the same as the Ames strain that was used in the mailing attacks. The Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah does have that strain, and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said they are now waiting for scientists to determine if it was used in powder form by the lab.
The FBI has been aware since October that the facility was experimenting with powdered anthrax and has questioned personnel there about the matter. But a senior law-enforcement official working on the case said, "to say someone from Dugway is the culprit is pure speculation. ... We've been working very closely with the Army, and they've been very cooperative."
Army shipping records show that anthrax was sent to Dugway Proving Grounds from the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. At Dugway, the anthrax was used as part of small-scale, regular experiments to test detection equipment and decontamination gear to better equip U.S. soldiers against biological weapons, Army officials said. The effort was launched after the Gulf War.
The Army said in a statement that "all anthrax used at Dugway has been accounted for. There is a rigorous tracking and inventory program to follow the production, receipt and destruction of select agents."
FBI officials say they have been surprised by the widespread use of anthrax in laboratories and research universities. "It's been eye-opening for us," a senior FBI official said Thursday. "The way the science community works, it's very freewheeling and free-sharing."
Tim Moore, director of research for the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, whose school has been contacted by the FBI, said there is a "very different culture of how scientists deal with their [anthrax] cultures. When I was in grad school the lab was a mess. There were cultures that had been in there for 15 years; nobody knew who they belonged to."
Meanwhile, federal health officials said they will meet this weekend to discuss whether to offer anthrax vaccinations to thousands of people who may have been exposed to the dangerous bacterium.
About 9,000 people in Florida, Washington, New York and New Jersey were told to take antibiotics for 60 days to stave off anthrax infections. As that deadline gets closer for many, some health officials wonder if the course was long enough to prevent anthrax spores in the lungs from causing infection. Evidence that many people didn't finish the regimen also has raised concerns; many of the postal workers at the Brentwood facility where contaminated letters were processed have told health officials they didn't finish the regimen.
Officials must decide if the possibility the vaccine may protect people is worth the possibility of adverse reactions to it. They also must decide how much of the 220,000 doses transferred from the Defense Department to the Department of Health and Human Services stockpile should be used rather than saved for potential future outbreaks. Vaccinating all the people deemed to be at risk would require at least 27,000 doses.
Postal officials also said they are considering issuing fliers to New Jersey residents in the hopes of securing more leads over the mailer of four anthrax-tainted letters postmarked Trenton, N.J. The proposed flier, to be sent out before Dec. 25, could include images of the letters, the FBI's profile of the mailer, the idiosyncrasies of the mailer's handwriting, and information about the case's $1.25 million reward.
-- Sarah Lueck, Chad Terhune and Kathy Chen contributed to this article.
This factsheet was completed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Please direct any questions or comments to PETA directly at 757-622-7382 or info@
Military Testing: The Unseen War
When news reports tally the casualties of war, or when monuments are erected to honor soldiers, the other-than-human victims of war--the animals whose bodies are shot, burned, poisoned, and otherwise tortured in tests to create even more ways to kill people--are never recognized, nor is their suffering well known. The 1987 movie "Project X" offered only a glimpse of the kind of experiments that go on far from public view but at taxpayer expense.
The U.S. military inflicts the pains of war on hundreds of thousands of animals each year in experiments. The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) together are the federal government's second largest user of animals (after the National Institutes of Health). They account for nearly half the estimated minimum of 1.6 million dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, primates, rats, mice, and "wild animals" used, as reported to Congress in 1983, the last year for which government figures are available.(1) Because these figures don't include experiments that were contracted out to non-governmental laboratories, or the many sheep, goats, and pigs often shot in wound experiments, the actual total of animal victims is probably much higher.
The House Armed Services Committee voiced its concern "about the use of animals in medical and other defense-related research" in its report on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1995.(2) At committee hearings, DOD revealed that its use of animals in experiments has increased 36% in the past decade, but that it spent $180 million on research using 553,000 animals in the last fiscal year.(3)
Military testing is classified "Top Secret," and it is very hard to get current information. From published research, we know that armed forces facilities all over the United States test all manner of weaponry on animals, from Soviet AK-47 rifles to biological and chemical warfare agents to nuclear blasts. Military experiments can be acutely painful, repetitive, costly, and unreliable, and they are particularly wasteful because most of the effects they study can be, or have already been, observed in humans, or the results cannot be extrapolated to human experience.
Burns and Blasts: In 1946, near the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, 4,000 sheep, goats, and other animals loaded onto a boat and set adrift were killed or severely burned by an atomic blast detonated above them. The military nicknamed the experiment "The Atomic Ark."(4)
At the Army's Fort Sam Houston, live rats were immersed in boiling water for 10 seconds, and a group of them were then infected on parts of their burned bodies.(5)
In 1987, at the Naval Medical Institute in Maryland, rats' backs were shaved, covered with ethanol, and then "flamed" for 10 seconds.(6)
In 1988, at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico, sheep were placed in a loose net sling against a reflecting plate, and an explosive device was detonated 19 meters away. In two of the experiments, 48 sheep were blasted: the first group to test the value of a vest worn during the blast, and the second to see if chemical markers aided in the diagnosis of blast injury (they did not).(7)
Radiation: At the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Maryland, nine rhesus monkeys were strapped in chairs and exposed to total-body irradiation. Within two hours, six of the nine were vomiting, hypersalivating, and chewing.(8) In another experiment, 17 beagles were exposed to total-body irradiation, studied for one to seven days, and then killed. The experimenter concluded that radiation affects the gallbladder.(9)
At Brooks Air Force Base in Texas, rhesus monkeys were strapped to a B52 flight simulator (the "Primate Equilibrium Platform"). After being prodded with painful electric shocks to learn to "fly" the device, the monkeys were irradiated with gamma rays to see if they could hold out "for the 10 hours it would take to bomb an imaginary Moscow." Those hit with the heaviest doses vomited violently and became extremely lethargic before being killed.(10)
Diseases: To evaluate the effect of temperature on the transmission of the Dengue 2 virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease that causes fever, muscle pain, and rash, experiments conducted by the U.S. Army at Fort Detrick, Md., involved shaving the stomachs of adult rhesus monkeys and then attaching cartons of mosquitoes to their bodies to allow the mosquitoes to feed.(11)
Experimenters at Fort Detrick have also invented a rabbit restraining device that consists of a small cage that pins the rabbits down with steel rods while mosquitoes feast on their bodies.(12)
Wound Labs: The Department of Defense has operated "wound labs" since 1957. At these sites, conscious or semiconscious animals are suspended from slings and shot with high-powered weapons to inflict battlelike injuries for military surgical practice. In 1983, in response to public pressure, Congress limited the use of dogs in these labs, but countless goats, pigs, and sheep are still being shot, and at least one laboratory continues to shoot cats. At the Army's Fort Sam Houston "Goat Lab," goats are hung upside down and shot in their hind legs. After physicians practice excising the wounds, any goat who survives is killed.(13)
Other forms of military experiments include subjecting animals to decompression sickness, weightlessness, drugs and alcohol, smoke inhalation, and pure oxygen inhalation.
The Armed Forces conscript various animals into intelligence and combat service, sending them on "missions" that endanger their lives and well-being. The Marine Corps teaches dogs "mauling, snarling, sniffing, and other suitable skills" needed to search for bombs and drugs.(14)
Thousands of animals also fall victim to military operations and even military fashion. A series of Navy tests of underwater explosives in the Chesapeake Bay in 1987 killed more than 3,000 fish(15), and habitats for hundreds of species have been destroyed by nuclear tests in the South Pacific and the American Southwest.
And as if weapons tests didn't kill enough animals, the Air Force recently awarded a New Jersey company $5.2 million to manufacture 53,000 leather flight jackets, in an effort to "enhance esprit" among its pilots. At 3-1/2 goat skins per jacket, the result will be that 185,500 African goats will lose their lives so that U.S. pilots can sport a World War II "look."(16)
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