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Goats No Longer Used in Military Training

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It may be hard to believe that the U.S Army uses live goats for training, but it is true. Thousands of goats have been shot, stabbed and blown up for training in combat situations at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd airborne. The goats, in a program last year, helped Army medics see and treat injuries that soldiers might receive on the battlefield.

As part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress, goats and other animals will no longer be used by the military for training. Special Operations Command would not confirm the use of goats but training from now on will use human-like dummies that have flowing blood, realistic tissue and other features that will allow training to be conducted without using live animals.

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