Fort Bragg To Stop Using Goats In Medical Training

A law passed by Congress appears to be the end of using live goats to train Army medics on how to treat soldiers wounded in battle.

The Fayetteville Observer reports ( ) that the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to provide plans by March to replace animals that are currently used for medical training.

Officials with the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and Army Special Operations Command wouldn't tell the newspaper how they plan to replace animals or say how many are killed during training.

Documents show Fort Bragg's Army Special Operations Command requested up to 3,600 goats last year.

Animal rights supporters say simulations of human skin and organs make for much better training now than live animals.