up pigs has saved lives' says Grantham MP Quentin Davies
Wednesday, 5.10pm - EXPLOSIVE tests by the Ministry of Defence using live
pigs has saved the lives of British soldiers, Grantham MP Quentin Davies
said this week.
The Ministry of Defence has killed 119 pigs since 2006 in bomb tests designed
to improve the treatment of soldiers suffering blast injuries.
a junior defence minister, said the research has "saved many lives
in the theatres of Iraq and Afghanistan".
was responding to a question from MP for Stroud, David Drew, who wanted
to know how many animals have been used in tests involving explosives in
each of the last five years.
is well-known in his constituency for taking a stand on animal issues. Sarah
Madley, a spokesman at his office, said the MP has the first constituency
office in the UK that has been certified "cruelty free" by the
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
written reply to Mr Drew, Mr Davies said: "These research studies involving
explosives have followed up on identified problems with prolonged pre-hospital
resuscitation following blast injury.
studies have included evaluation of the whole body trauma caused by various
blast explosive injury in order to identify and evaluate the effectiveness
of improved post-traumatic methodology.
research has led to significant advances in post-traumatic techniques such
as reducing blood loss from major trauma and has saved many lives in the
theatres of Iraq and Afghanistan.
advances made due to this research can be utilised both in theatre and civilian
scenarios particularly if there are mass casualties and evacuation to hospital
were sacrificed at a Government military research laboratory in Porton Down,
has been told the pigs are anaesthetised throughout the explosive experiments
and never regain consciousness.
last four years 119 pigs have been used in MOD research studies involving
explosives - 25 in 2006, 19 in 2007, 40 in 2008 and 35 in 2009.
Army is not the first to make use of pigs in a manner which could be considered
believe the Roman Army would sometimes use pigs as a way to combat enemy
elephants in battle.
would be tarred, pointed at the enemy and set alight. The squeals would
terrify the elephants, making them turn and flee back towards their own
army, causing havoc in the ranks.