Animal rights protesters visiting Army chief's home today: "Quit monkeying around at Aberdeen."

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The animal rights organization PETA is planning a rally today at Secretary of the Army John McHugh’s house in Alexandria, Va., to protest the use of monkeys in experiments at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

PETA says the Army plans to inject an overdose of the drug physostigmine into vervet monkeys later this week to recreate the effects of a nerve agent. The monkeys will endure violent seizures and vomiting, and may stop breathing, according to a PETA press release.

“Poisoning monkeys until they convulse and stop breathing is cruel and a violation of Army policy. It teaches nothing about how the human body responds to nerve agent attacks,” says PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “The Army would better train its soldiers by replacing its crude animal labs with lifelike human patient simulators.”

Protesters, whose rally begins at noon, plan to wear monkey costumes and hold signs that read, “McHugh: No More Monkey Business” and “Army: Stop Poisoning Primates.”

Similar protests will occur outside the homes of Col. Peter J. Schultheiss, Commander of the U.S. Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, and Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Commanding General of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

A group called the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine uploaded this disturbing video of purported Army testing. Watch at your own risk.

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  1. Graeme Saunders on

    Perhaps some of the PeTA & Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine alumni would be happy to be the stand-in lifelike human patient simulators, (BTW don’t need to be a doctor to be a member of PCrRM). As the wife of a retired vet who spent most of his career in NBC and as much as I love animals I understand the necessity of training troops with a live model before they hit the stressors of the battlefield.

    So as I said before perhaps some of the protesters if they feel so strongly should consider being part of the volunteer army…

  2. PETA? PCRRM? It amazes me how many of these creeps served in the militatry. Not! They need to get real lives and real isssues involving issues of true and real importance. The ‘unfortunate’ truth is that animal experiments have helped mankind overcome many health hurdles-including the use of simeons in deriving a soup to block the aids virus. These same tactics will eventually lead to a cure and further our battle against the cancer gene. Oh wait, I forgot, humans are not held in esteem as animals by the PETA radicals.

  3. @Graeme and Sad Warrior: This isn’t an issue of choosing between humans and monkeys. Military bases around the country already do this training for medical corpsmen/women without using any animals. Even in the course at Aberdeen, the monkey lab is optional, meaning that the Army agrees that people can learn to treat victims of nerve agent attacks without watching monkeys be poisoned. Watching a monkey convulse and vomit is not helping anyone save human lives.

  4. I think PETA has a good point – what a horrible video. Having spent five years active duty as a Hospital Corpsman (three of those as an 8404 with the USMC) and 12 years as an EMT, I never trained on monkeys, pigs, goats, or any other live animals. And never have I been unprepared for NBC casualty situations.

    It doesn’t make sense to use nonhuman animals in place of real humans in preparing medical workers to save human lives. I’ve read many studies showing that it can even be detrimental to practice on a different species, unless, of course, you are a veterinarian. Training on anatomically equivalent human simulators has proven to produce more competent practitioners.

    If the ultimate goal is to save the lives of our fellow soldiers, it seems logical to utilize the most effective methods available.

  5. I served seven years as a Hospital Corpsman and never had to train on animals. All of the training I went through was on human simulators and I can tell you that I would not have been better prepared to help casualties of a chemical attack
    by watching a monkey being made to vomit.

    @James Franklin, you hit the nail on the head. The fact that the monkey lab is optional is proof that even the Army knows that cruel experiments on animals are not needed in training military medical personnel. This is simply a product of people like ‘Sad Warrior’ above, who think we should be able to do anything we want to animals in the name of helping ourselves, even in the face of evidence that the experiments offer no benefit to humans, and when superior simulators are readily available.

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