Thursday, April 9, 2009

Military Blowing Up Pigs for Research

"As long as we're discussing the military budget, let's talk about this: Pentagon researchers spent nearly $10 million dollars last year strapping pigs in body armor and blowing them up.

No, really; USA Today reports:

'During an 11-month period of research ending in December, scientists wrapped pigs in body armor and placed them in a Humvee simulator, in open fields and in a closed room and subjected them to varying degrees of explosions at a research laboratory in a location researchers declined to disclose.'

The explosions 'ranged in intensity,' according to military researchers, 'wounding some of the pigs and killing others.'"

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/waroniraq/135740/military_%27researchers%27_strapped_pigs_in_body_armor_and_blew_them_up%2C_all_in_the_name_of_science/

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