Starting next year, the United States military will no longer use animals in numerous vital areas of medical testing in which the tests will be conducted with human simulators. This comes on the heels of a PETA campaign to pressure the military to stop using animals in medical and other military tests.
According to Army-Technology, the six areas affected by the new Department of Defense rule include: advanced trauma life support, neonatal and paediatric resuscitation, obstetrics and gynaecology, nursing anaesthesia and continuing medical staff skills training, as well as field surgical and critical care training. The military will also no longer use monkeys when testing chemical weapons nor utilize other animals when teaching medical staff how to intubate patients.
The issue of medical testing on animals is a matter of morality and necessity. Not necessarily if, as PETA states, the US is one out of six countries that still conduct medical research on animals. Even Johnson & Johnson points out there are times when animals are needed for teaching, simulation or even testing for products and services the company makes.
I have no doubt the Obama Administration had a hand in this regulation change since animal rights is a branch of environmentalism and environmentalist groups are one of the key constituencies of the Democrat party. This victory for PETA is not about cruelty to animals but more about the group’s view of animal testing insofar as it is used to benefit mankind whom PETA hates. Like PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk who not only said that using animals in medical testing is immoral even if essential, in May of 2006 when asked about using animals for AIDS research Newkirk said:
Even if animal experiments did result in a cure for AIDS, of which there is no chance, I’d be against it on moral grounds.
So keep this in mind the next time you see animal rights protesters at a local fast food restaurant or on a college campus speaking out against animal testing. They are not just condemning your sustenance but also methods to develop medicines and surgeries that could be used one to day to save your life.