PETA objects to pig trauma training

July 31, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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VALLEY CENTER, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- One of the top U.S. animal rights groups says medical trauma training using pigs in Valley Center, Calif., violates zoning rules.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is challenging the legality of the training, which involves live pigs being anesthetized, wounded and then treated as if they were trauma victims or soldiers on a battlefield, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

PETA sent a letter to Eric Gibson, director of the county's Department of Planning and Land Use, saying it has reviewed the permitted uses for the land owned by training host David Bishop, an Escondido, Calif., police officer and SWAT team member, and "medical training exercises using animals are not listed."

Bishop, 55, responded Thursday with a letter saying the training was given the go-ahead by county officials.

"The county's land-use regulations do not prohibit this type of small-scale medical training on this property," he said.

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