Coast Guard reduces use of live animal training

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it’s reducing the amount of combat medical training it does with live animals by more than half.

The Coast Guard reviewed its policies after Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted a video of the training in 2012 that showed a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers. The training was held in Virginia Beach for personnel preparing to deploy to Iraq.

In May, the Coast Guard said a contract instructor was cited by the Agriculture Department for violating the Animal Welfare Act. A Coast Guard investigation said none of its personnel committed misconduct.

The Coast Guard said this week it’s able to reduce its use of live animals by only requiring personnel deploying in support of the Defense Department to train with them.


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