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Washington: Ban the Use of Live Animals in Medical Training Programs

Washington: Ban the Use of Live Animals in Medical Training Programs

Name: Prohibiting Use of Live Animals for Medical Training Programs

Bill Number: SB 6621

This bill would prohibit human health care training programs in Washington from using live animals to practice invasive medical procedures. This legislation specifically targets paramedics that train in the field by using live pigs to practice creating emergency airways. Medical simulators have been shown to be equally effective as a training method instead of using live animals to practice invasive medical procedures.

This bill would require all educational programs in the state that train individuals in the medical treatment of persons, including paramedics, to use only human-based training methods instead of live animals by July 2020.  

 

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Please support an end to the use of live animals for medical training exercises

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for SB 6621, which would require all educational programs in Washington that are training individuals in the medical treatment of persons, including paramedics, to use only human-based training methods instead of live animals. This legislation specifically addresses programs where paramedics train in the field using live pigs to practice creating emergency airways.

Medical simulators have been shown to be equally effective as a training method instead of using live animals to practice invasive medical procedures. Because of the availability of lifelike simulators, this bill would prohibit human health care training programs across Washington from using live animals to practice invasive medical procedures.

The use of live animals for training has been discontinued by much of the military and a Canadian Armed Forces study of medical technicians found no difference between the performance of medics who trained on simulators and those who used live animals.

Please give your support to legislation that would prevent the suffering of animals while still protecting the quality of training of paramedics and other medical professionals.

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