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Ask Your Legislator to Sponsor the BEST Practices Act

Ask Your Legislator to Sponsor the BEST Practices Act

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

Bill Number: HR 1243/S 498

Time is slipping by to act on this important legislation. It is time to invigorate Congress to move forward to end the use of live animals by the U.S. military for combat trauma injury training exercises and for chemical and biological casualty training. 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 legislation would mandate that only human-based training methods be used—instead of injuring pigs and goats—to better prepare our service men and women to treat severe battlefield injuries on human soldiers.

In 2013, the DOD, in a pledge to Congress, agreed to reduce the use of live animals in medical training and increase the use of validated simulation training platforms by 2017. There is still much more progress that needs to be made. The BEST Practices Act would give the DOD until 2022 to achieve this goal. 

Sponsorship for this bill has been growing slowly. While the DOD has reduced its use of live animals and increased its use of validated simulators, it is time to take the next step to end the use of live animals altogether. 

Check to see if your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators are already sponsors of this bill; if not, please contact them and request their support.


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

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to sponsor the BEST Practices Act, HR 1243/S 498, 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.

In a 2013 report on the "Strategy to Transition to Use of Human-Based Methods for Certain Medical Training," the DOD pledged to reduce its use of live animals in medical training and increase its use of validated simulation training. Yet there is still a long way to go to fulfill this pledge.

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 personnel 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.

This bill addresses one more area where we can provide benefit to our soldiers and help them use 21st century means to get better training, while ending the needless suffering of animals. I hope that you will step up and become a sponsor of this legislation.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]