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Ask Your Legislators to Support the BEST Practices Act before Congress Adjourns

Ask Your Legislators to Support the BEST Practices Act Before Congress Adjourns

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

Bill Number: HR 1243/S 498

Please add your voice to urge the passage of the BEST Practices Act, legislation that would mandate only human-based training methods be used for combat trauma injury training exercises, as well as for chemical and biological casualty training. 

Over the past several years, the U.S. military has already begun replacing its use of live animals for these training purposes, 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 superior and humane human-based training models.

The BEST Practices Act was first introduced in 2009 and has been reintroduced in every session since. In 2013, the DOD, in a pledge to Congress, agreed to reduce its use of live animals in medical training and increase its use of validated simulation training platforms by 2017. A year after that deadline, the DOD has still failed to meet its pledge to Congress, so the legislative effort must continue to compel the DOD to comply.


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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 support the passage of 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 the DOD pledged to reduce its use of live animals in medical training and increase its use of validated simulation training. Yet they have failed to demonstrate substantive movement in support of this pledge, despite the deadline passing more than a year ago.

Our troops deserve the best training possible. And today, 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 support this effort to bring U.S. military training into the 21st century with the most authentic human-based models possible to protect our troops.

As your constituent, I hope that you will take my concerns to heart by giving your support to the BEST Practices Act before the end of the legislative session. Thank you.


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