Just when you think you've heard everything, we now know that live goats are used and severely abused by the United States Coast Guard in what's called "live-tissue training" so "trainees can practice war zone emergency techniques." (There's a video here that is sickening.) Undercover footage, shot by an anonymous whistle-blower, "shows lopping shears and scalpels being used to inflict wounds and amputate the legs of anesthetized goats so trainees can practice war zone emergency techniques. In one scene, a goat is heard moaning. In another, a prone goat kicks, prompting a man attending to the animal to call for 'another bump' of anesthesia."
The footage of this abuse was delivered to the office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA and others note there are other and better training methods that do not use live animals. While this organization moves people in myriad ways, the comments to this article are interesting in that even people who disagree with PETA find the torture of these animals to be inhumane and reprehensible. One comment reads, "I never thought I would see the day that PETA and I would be in agreement like this. Their recommendation to train in emergency rooms seems rational, well thought out, and an effective alternative." Another person wrote, "As much as I can't stand PETA, I agree with them on this subject. No way should this be happening!!! It is cruel and inhumane! This should be stopped IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!"