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E-M:/ Animal Rights in JFK, Jr. Commemorative Issue of TIME Magazine



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Another Reason Rabbits Should Avoid Foxholes

TIME Notebook: Fur flies as animal-rights activists criticize Army's 
survival-training methods - July 26, 1999.

The U.S. military has handily defeated Yugoslavia and Iraq, but it may have 
more trouble in its p.r. battle against animal-rights activists. They're 
protesting the Pentagon's procurement of rabbits for troops to kill and eat 
as part of soldiers' survival training. Service members trapped behind enemy 
lines may have to live for days on the run, and the ability to find food can 
be critical to their survival, defense officials say. That's why the Air 
Force routinely orders hundreds of five-pound rabbits ("any color... any 
breed," according to a purchase request) for $7 each. Instructional aids for 
the survival course include a "club to kill animal." 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, based in Norfolk, Va., says many 
rabbits die "a slow and agonizing death after being bludgeoned." A starving 
soldier, PETA says, ought to be able to kill for food by other means. And 
they do. Troops also are taught how to dine on snakes ("Use care when 
skinning"), turtles ("can be boiled or roasted") and chicken ("kill a fowl 
either by cutting its head off or by placing its head under a strong stick, 
placing both your feet on either end of the stick while grasping the bird's 
body...and pulling vigorously until its head is pulled off"). Bon appétit. 

-- TIME CORRESPONDENT MARK THOMSON

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