A top animal rights group wants Marines to trade the reptiles and other animals they're eating during an annual jungle training exercise for plants and other vegan survival options.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Marine Corps' top general this week pleading with him to ban the crude killing of animals during the annual Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand. This year's exercise, which includes lessons on jungle survival, will wrap up Friday.
Photos of past iterations show Marines drinking snake blood, eating scorpions and killing chickens during the training. Commandant's office did not immediately respond to questions about whether the service will ban those practices.
Practices of special techniques needed for military units to survive and fight in jungle terrain.
A multinational military exercise held in Thailand every year.
Exercise Cobra Gold 2020 kicked off in February is Asia’s largest multinational drill.