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The US military blows up live pigs and rats dressed in bombproof body armor to measure the protection the suit would provide for the troops.
Most of the armor-clad animals died when put in semi-military vehicles which were blown up by the military researchers, the USA Today reported on Monday. The move is in clear violation of Animal rights and Animal Law.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), however, defended the practice saying "if use of animal subjects in testing results in our ability to save lives or prevent injury to our troops, we're confident this is the right thing to do."
The study, which saw the animals being subjected to 200 explosions, reportedly revealed that the shield would not increase the risk of brain injury.
The test was run for an 11-month period and a second round is slated for later this year.
Martin Stephens, vice president for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States, however, questioned the relevance of the test saying "people are not pigs."
"Is this the best they can do after several years of losing soldiers to roadside bombs?" he added.
Most of the armor-clad animals died...
Given the fact that almost all of modern medicine and cosmetics were,are and will be based on animal testing, i fail to see hy this would shock anyone.
Well how did they blow them up?
If they had armor on how did they blow them up?