April 15, 2009

Pigs Used in Roadside Bomb Tests

The Pentagon used live pigs and rats to test body armor used against roadside bomb attacks, reports USA Today.

The tests included almost 200 blasts, and measured brain and body trauma. Animals that weren’t wearing body armor died in about two days; those with armor survived “significantly higher blasts,” according to a spokesperson for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Pentagon officials noted some similarities between pigs and humans, but critics said the two were not comparable, and called for an end to the testing.

According to the newspaper, roadside bombs are “the top killer of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

— Brittany Owens/Newsdesk.org

Source:

“Military used pigs in blasts to test armor”
USA Today, April 7, 2009

One thought on “Pigs Used in Roadside Bomb Tests

  1. Animals have the right to be treated as beings of value in themselves, not as the means to human ends; this principle must be applies in order to guarantee the end of cruelty to animals. The application of this principle means that animals should never be experimented upon whatever the potential gain for humanity. people should protect animals because they cann’t express their feelings. if animals would be asked whether thy agree to be used or not surely they would not take that so animal rights must not be violated.