US military quietly rescinds ban on animal ‘weapon injury’ studies, PETA says

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PETA files appeal against denial of access to military records of weapons experiments on dogs, cats, monkeys or marine mammals

For immediate release:
September 30, 2022

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – PETA has filed a lawsuit with the US military seeking the release of public information about weapons tests that inflict injury on dogs, cats, monkeys and/or marine mammals. The military branch confirmed to the group that at least one such study protocol exists but declined to release it, saying it is “classified…” in the interest of national defense or foreign policy” PETA also sent a letter to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth urging him to reinstate the ban on such testing.

In 1983, PETA exposed and successfully campaigned to shut down a US Department of Defense “injury lab” in which dogs, goats, and other animals were slaughtered with high-powered weapons to inflict death. injuries, which first permanent ban on shooting dogs and cats in wound labs, which was released by then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. In 2005, the military released Rule 40-33which prohibited the use of dogs, cats, non-human primates and marine mammals in “[r]Research carried out for the development of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. Yet in 2020 the military released a memorandum who apparently reversed his position by allowing “[t]he buys or uses dogs, cats, non-human primates or marine mammals to inflict injury when using a weapon for research, development, testing or medical evaluation.

The military has denied PETA’s March 18, 2022, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for photos, videos, and other materials relating to experiments approved by the Care and Use Review Office US Army Medical Research and Development (USAMRDC) animals “that involve the use of a weapon…to inflict injury” on these animal species – even though a redacted version of the requested information should have been provided, as PETA USAMRDC initially said it had “over 2,000 pages” of records meeting PETA’s FOIA request before backtracking and claiming it had “only only one (1) protocol meeting the criteria of the request”, the distribution of which is prohibited due to national or foreign security concerns.

“Taxpayers deserve to know what the US military is hiding by refusing to release the details of its horrific animal weapon-wounding experiments,” said PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA calls on the military to ban weapon injury testing of dogs, cats, monkeys, and marine mammals and to release all non-sensitive information about such testing that it has marked as ‘classified’ – a designation that speaks volumes about what the animals are likely to endure in the military’s secret torture labs.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment with” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s news gathering and investigative reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

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