Re: “Army should end medical training on animals,” (TNT, 5/14).
Thank you for printing Dr. William Morris’ thoughtful opinion piece calling for an end to the use of animals in military trauma training drills. It’s true: Stark differences in anatomy and physiology make animals poor models for human anatomy and high-tech, realistic human simulators better teach lifesaving skills and can save millions of taxpayer dollars.
As Morris points out, the Coast Guard has recently suspended the use of animals in trauma training. All branches of the military must modernize by banning the use of animals. We urge everyone to take action at PETA.org to end the stabbing and shooting of pigs and goats in this outdated training.
(Taylor is a retired U.S. Air Force veterinian.)