PETA has received horrific torture videos that show live dogs who scream in pain while being stabbed and killed during combat-training exercises conducted by soldiers in the Bolivian military. The soldiers state that their instructors received training from the U.S. military in how to conduct these exercises, and the training partnership is corroborated by a written agreement signed by the two countries.
The first video shows an instructor who repeatedly stabs a conscious dog in the head and chest. He then removes the dog's heart and smears it on the faces of the commandos, forcing some of them to eat the raw, bloody flesh. The second video shows soldiers at night who restrain a dog's limbs and mouth while another soldier stabs the animal in the chest. The dog struggles in pain as blood gushes from his or her body. A naked soldier then throws his face into the dog's open chest and later stands up with arms stretched high. Watch the video here to learn more about the abuses that dogs suffer at the hands of the Bolivian military.
In the U.S., the Department of Defense currently stabs, shoots, poisons, burns, and cuts the limbs off thousands of living animals each year in
The U.S. exercises differ from those used by the Bolivian military, but the victims are the same—vulnerable animals.
Read the letter that we sent to Bolivia's president, Evo Morales. Then take action against these horrific practices. Please send a polite e-mail to Bolivia's government urging it to end the military's use of animals.
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Stop Using and Stabbing Animals in the Bolivian Military
I was shocked to watch the horrific Bolivian dog-torture videos at PETA.org/trauma. These videos show live dogs in agonizing pain as they are violently restrained, stabbed, and killed during combat-training exercises conducted by soldiers in the Bolivian military.
Please adopt the recommendations made by PETA, which is calling for an immediate end to the use of animals by the military.
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