US Army ‘carrying out sickening weapons tests on cats and dogs’ claims PETA

The US army has allegedly been testing weapons on dogs, cats and other animals after secretly overturning a policy stopping them from doing so, according to PETA.

The animal rights group were responsible for a pioneering campaign which saw the Department of Defense ban testing on animals in 1984, but now the activist group believe the policy was overturned in secret.

The alleged change reportedly gave the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), led by Brigadier General Anthony McQueen, permission to resule formerly banned tests on the beloved creatures – and PETA claims the change may have been made as early as 2020.

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The recent policy change behind the uproar now permits the "purchase or use of dogs, cats, nonhuman primates, or marine mammals to inflict wounds upon" with military weapons.

This had previously been banned by rules brought in both in 1983 and 2005.

PETA vice president Shalin Gala told the New York Post: "This new policy wasn't highlighted or publicly announced in great fanfare. They most likely would not want the PR nightmare that would ensue should this information be released."

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the Army medical research command, Lori Salvatore, told the New York Post the change was just a matter of semantics and made to comply with a 2019 Pentagon instruction that animals could not be used for military exercises.

PETA submitted a Freedom of Information Request back in March hoping to learn whether the ban had been overturned, but the Army refused to disclose any information regarding the tests.

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The animal rights group now maintains that the tests are happening right under American citizens' noses – and they believe the denied Freedom of Information request has only ignited their suspicions.

Writing to the animal rights group, the Army acknowledged that at least one test had taken place, but kept information under wraps

However, PETA claims the amount of material the Army had to release about their animal testing antics had previously stood at around 2,000 pages before suddenly and inexplicably dropping to just one experiment.

Army officials claim they refused to release the material for security reasons, while PETA insists that the lack of information is a cover-up to hide the cruel acts committed at the hands of military personnel.

The US army has tested weapons on animals in the past in a bid to learn how wounds heal, hoping that it would provide valuable information on how humans heal from similar attacks.

PETA, who state that "animals are not ours to experiment on" in their official motto, have appealed the Army's refusal to give over information regarding the Army's use of animals in their drills – and have threatened legal action if they don't get what they're looking for.

In a statement, the activist group said: "Taxpayers deserve to know if their money is going toward torturing dogs, cats, marine animals, and primates in pointless and cruel weapon-wounding experiments."

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