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End the Use of Live Animals for Military Training

End the Use of Live Animals for Military Training

Name: Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act

Bill Number: HR 1243/S 498

This bill would end the use of live animals for both combat trauma injuries and chemical and biological casualty training exercises by the U.S. military. Over the past several years, the U.S. military has already begun replacing live animal use with more technologically-advanced simulators or other human-based training methods. The Department of Defense (DOD), however, continues to use thousands of goats and pigs each year, despite the success of human-based training models. This bill would mandate that only human-based training methods be used instead of injuring pigs and goats, to better prepare our service men and woman to treat severe battlefield injuries on human soldiers.

In a 2013 “Report to Congress on the Strategy to Transition to Use of Human-Based Methods for Certain Medical Training,” the DOD pledged to reduce the use of live animals in medical training and increase the use of validated simulation training platforms, with a benchmark to validate alternatives and replace live animals by 2017. The BEST Practices Act would give the DOD until 2022 to achieve its goal, yet it continues to oppose this legislation. 

Passage of this legislation would ensure that the DOD makes the replacement of animals a priority in the coming years. 

 

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Support the best training for military personnel by ending training on live animals

Dear [Decision Maker],

Please consider becoming a co-sponsor of the BEST Practices Act, which would require the use of human-based methods, including simulators, for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) currently uses thousands of animals every year for training purposes, even though non-animal alternatives are already used in the civilian sector, as well as on many military bases.

According to a DOD report issued in 2009, impressive strides have already been made in the development of methods for the replacement of live animals in training. The DOD report also notes that, "according to scientific, peer-reviewed literature, medical simulation increases patient safety and decreases errors by healthcare providers." Furthermore, in a 2013 report on the "Strategy to Transition to Use of Human-Based Methods for Certain Medical Training," the DOD pledged to reduce the use of live animals in medical training and increase the use of validated simulation training.

This bill would require the DOD to use the best available practices to prepare our troops for combat. The best training methods don't include shooting pigs to train medical personal how to treat human victims. There are far better, more technologically advanced and effective methods available now for training all types of military personnel that do not involve inflicting injuries on live animals.

Please give your support to this measure and push military training practices into the 21st century--to benefit our soldiers and to end the needless suffering of animals. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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