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e-4330 (Animals)

Initiated by Twyla Francois from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of National Defence

  • Young pigs are poisoned with chemical weapons, irradiated, stabbed, dismembered, disemboweled and killed for Canadian military trauma training;
  • The Department of National Defence (DND) continues to use pigs despite acknowledging that they are poor models for human anatomy and may actually interfere with effective training;
  • The continued use of piglets for military trauma training puts Canadian soldiers’ lives at risk by using obsolete teaching methods and inapplicable animal models;
  • Twenty-three of 30 NATO member nations no longer use animals for military trauma training;
  • In the past 10 years, the DND spent over $1 million in tax-payer funds by purchasing pigs for military trauma training; and
  • Human patient simulators which accurately mimic human anatomy and physiology are more applicable and cost-effective training tools for military trauma training.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of National Defence to bring an end to the use of animals in military trauma training and replace them with more advanced, human-relevant and less expensive human patient simulators.
Open for signature
February 28, 2023, at 1:23 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 28, 2023, at 1:23 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Lindsay Mathyssen
New Democratic Party Caucus
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