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PETA calls for Thai and US militaries to stop killing animals in Cobra Gold training

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Animal rights activists are urging PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop the practice of soldiers drinking snake blood and killing live animals during the Cobra Gold multinational training exercises which are held in Thailand and co-sponsored by the United States.

PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also filed a petition with the US government to stop the “frat-like party masquerading as training in Thailand known as Cobra Gold.” They say the training violates the US Department of Defense’s policy on using non-animal methods.

“During Cobra Gold, marines and training instructors in Thailand kill chickens with their bare hands, skin and eat live geckos, consume live scorpions and tarantulas, and decapitate king cobras – a species vulnerable to extinction – in order to drink their blood as part of purported training in food procurement.”

PETA referred to video footage of US Marines learning jungle survival skills at last year’s Cobra Gold training at Sattahip Navy Base in Chon Buri, including drinking snake blood and killing other animals to eat. Royal Thai Marine instructors show troops how drinking the cobra blood can help them stay alive if there is no drinkable water.

After decapitating a cobra and drinking the blood, the snakes are grilled up to eat. The Thai military trainers also teach troops how to remove venom from scorpions and tarantulas before eating them. They also teach out to find water in jungle vines and how to identify what plants are edible. In a past report, a Thai marine sergeant said “the key to survival is knowing what to eat.”

PETA says the exercises not only abuse animals, but also pose a threat to zoonotic disease transmission. PETA senior vice president Jason Baker says the training exercises are “cruel and impractical.”

“PETA is therefore urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to call for an end to the bloodlust killing of animals during Cobra Gold, which sullies the honour of Thailand, risks public health, and endangers species which are vulnerable to extinction.”

PETA Vice President Shalin Gala called on the Pentagon to end the killing of animals during the Cobra Gold training.

“A Girl Scout could figure out how to survive in a jungle without killing animals for practice, and so, too, should our military’s best and brightest.”

Cobra Gold the largest military exercise of it’s kind in the Asia-Pacific region. Other participating nations at the Thai-US co-sponsored training usually include Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia. Past exercises have drawn in more than 6,800 US troops.

The next Cobra Gold training exercise has been postponed until August due to Covid-19.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | PETA | AFP

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Hope none of us here are reincarnated as one of these poor fellas…….as for the snake thats another tail to tell……sorry couldn’t help myself…..LOL

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    Konstantin

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Anyway, I think it’s easier to find some drops water even in harsh conditions, than to find gold cobra and manage to kill it to quench thirst.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I am shocked to see how many US Marines wear glasses.
    I have seen them in other pictures also. They are issued by the army.
    All the enemy in close combat has to do is breath on the marine’s glasses and the enemy wins.

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    SPECY TWATS!!

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    robin

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Kill Peta members instead

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:19 am

    PETA seems to be grasping at straws lately in the era of fake fur and meatless meat. Donations would be better spent stopping the slaughter of endangered species or shutting down hellhole zoos.

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      LEE HAI

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:30 am

      My vote is towards cleaning up the behind the scene acts in the hellholes of factory farms.
      And a bit of concern that our supposably well being are in the hands of these immature minors
      having the time of their lives torturing snakes……

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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