Germany: how soldiers learn surgery




The federal army carries out so-calledlive tissue training every year – yes! read correctly! these are training sessions on live animals, in the case of the federal army on pigs. In these surgical courses, also called trauma training, operations of war wounds are practiced – for example, injuries with severe bleeding.


Although nearly 80% of NATO member states use non-veterinary training methods in the medical training of their military, the German Federal Armed Forces continue to stick to so-called live tissue trainings with pigs.

In order to simulate war wounds, live pigs should be subjected to severe puncture and cut injuries under severe anesthesia.
Soldiers and paramedics should then train the wound care on the defenseless animals.  The pigs are cut open and mutilated, in the end they let them die.

Help us convince Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen not to abuse animals in military training anymore!

Here the text of the online petition

Please refrain from using animals in the training courses of the Federal Armed Forces

Dear Ms Federal Minister von der Leyen,

The Federal Armed Forces continues to use live pigs in the medical training of surgeons as part of so-called live tissue training.

Pigs are highly intelligent, very social creatures who, like us, feel anxiety and pain. We consider it ethically unacceptable to wantonly inflict injuries on pigs and abuse them as living practice objects.

Nearly 80% of NATO member states do not rely on animals in their military medical training. We ask you once again to reconsider and stop the mutilation of pigs. Many medical interventions can now be practiced on simulators of human patients who correctly and lifelike readjust the anatomical situation.
Non-animal methods are not only didactically superior but also more economical.

Please show compassion for all living things and decide for the end of these cruel exercises!

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My comment: In 2013, this message came to the media:: “In accordance with the German Animal Welfare Act, the Federal Armed Forces relies on advanced, animal-free testing methods,” says an official confirmation by Captain Waldemar Boczek.
“During training projects, the soldiers are trained on very good models and the physicians do not need animal experiments.

 The German animal protection law requires the use of animal-free teaching methods, if they are available. In addition to Germany, 21 other NATO countries work exclusively with simulation exercises”.

Now, in 2019, we read that the training methods on pigs continue to be performed in the federal army!
If we did not have the investigative work of some organizations, we would continue to sleep with a quiet head that the federal army not only with France new killing systems developed, but also performs an innovative animal experiment-free trauma training!

My best regards to all, Venus




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