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UGA: Program Criticized by PETA No Longer Exists

Earlier today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced that it’s asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate a UGA medical training program involving dogs, goats and pigs that PETA deemed unethical, unnecessary and possibly illegal.

UGA initially responded that it has reviewed the program—in which Georgia National Guard soldiers trained in field medicine using live but anestheticized animals that were later euthanized—and the program met the university’s ethical standards for humane treatment of animals.

Now, however, the university says that the program was discontinued in 2013:

The last time this training was provided was in August 2013. It was facilitated at the request of the military as they were working to respond to an urgent need to deploy more trained medics to the Middle East.

The University is under no further obligation to provide the training and does not anticipate doing so.