Despite the availability of human-based simulators, the U.S. Armed Forces continue to use live goats and pigs to train military personnel to respond to combat trauma injuries. These outdated practices are unnecessary and cause thousands of animals to suffer unimaginable cruelties each year.
The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act, H.R. 1243 introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and S. 498 introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), would require the use of human-based training methods and phase out the use of animals in military trauma training.
Advancements in simulator technology allow trainees to practice complex medical operations using more sophisticated techniques. The result would protect countless animals, provide a more relevant learning experience and be a more efficient use of taxpayer money.
Calling is one of the most effective actions you can take. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and Senators to urge support for the BEST Practices Act, H.R. 1243/S.498. Look up your legislators' phone numbers.
You can simply say, "As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor the BEST Practices Act, H.R. 1243/S. 498, and do all you can to get it enacted. This bill will protect animals from military training cruelties and provide military medics with the most relevant and efficient training possible."
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