NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - An video allegedly depicting a Coast Guard medical training activity prompted one insider to blow the whistle and turn the undercover video over to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The video shows people amputating a goat's legs with tree trimmer.
In a statement released to 10 On Your Side, a Coast Guard spokesperson said the Coast Guard is investigating PETA's allegations.
Lt. Commander Jamie Frederick added, "This training is a requirement for a small number of Coast Guard deployable specialized forces and is a pre-deployment requirement set by the Department of Defense for Coast Guard personnel deploying to combat theaters."
The training prepares Coast Guard personnel to diagnose and treat wounds.
"They're always very defensive at first, and then they realize there's other alternatives elsewhere. They're more open minded," said PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.
Frederick said at this time, a total replacement for the animal model does not exist for several combat trauma procedures. He explained personnel involved in the training maintain the highest level of professionalism and follow all approved Department of Defense protocols and applicable federal laws.
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