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Live Pigs Will Be Injured for Medic Training | Care2 Healthy Living

Ten members of the 306 rescue squadron, an Air Force Reserve unit, will practice their medic skills on anesthetized live pigs this weekend at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. According to reports, the intention is to injure the pigs so they have wounds similar to the ones combat troops experience in battle. These simulations using live animals are not necessary, say some physicians: “Twenty, 30 years ago I took the training and we used animals and maybe at that time it was as close as we could get, but nowadays there’s no excuse for still using them because the alternatives are so realistic and basically much better,” Dr. William Morris. (Source: CBS News ) The Humane Society says live animals used in medic training are shot, burned, stabbed, or have a limb amputated or a bone broken. Ninety-five percent of medical schools don’t use live animals for training, and t...

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