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By Tony Patey in Britain:
Charities slam MoD’s surgery on shot pigs
Monday 19 November 2012
Animal welfare groups attacked the Ministry of Defence today after it defended shooting live pigs to train army surgeons.
The pigs are shot by marksmen at a Nato training facility in Jaegerspris, Denmark, to replicate battlefield wounds and are then operated on by military medical staff.
Formerly known as Operation Danish Bacon, the practice has been described by animal rights groups as „impossible to justify medically, ethically and educationally.“
An MoD spokeswoman said: „This training provides invaluable experience, exposing our surgical teams to the specific challenges posed by the injuries of modern armed conflict.“
The MoD said although the practice would not be illegal in Britain, approval would have to be obtained on a case-by-case basis from the Home Office.
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