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Coast Guard curtails use of animals

NORFOLK, Va. — The Coast Guard will not use as many live animals for its combat medical training after an animal rights group showed a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers.

The agency said the video led to a review of its policies and the Coast Guard came to the decision that it could reduce by half the number of animals it uses.

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The Coast Guard said this week it can do that by only requiring personnel deploying in support of the Defense Department to train with them.

In 2012, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals obtained a video of the live tissue training that showed the goats as well as other animals.

The goats were intentionally injured so the students could treat injuries like those they might see while in Iraq and in the Persian Gulf, according to the Coast Guard.

The training was held in Virginia Beach for Coast Guardsmen preparing to deploy to Iraq.

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