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