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E-mail Today: Ask Your Member of Congress to Co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095)

In U.S. military training courses, goats and pigs are being shot, stabbed, and dismembered to train medical personnel—but you can help stop it. Please ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act, which would phase out the military's use of animals in combat trauma training courses.

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Please Co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095)

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095). This bill is a common-sense approach that will set a timeline for improving military medical training. The bill lays out a conservative plan for transitioning medical training to modern methods modeled on human anatomy and away from the educationally inferior use of animals.

The U.S. Coast Guard has committed to increasing its use of human-based methods in trauma training exercises. The DOD's medical school made the switch in 2013 and now trains future military physicians without using animals. Many trauma centers in the Army, Air Force, and Navy use only human-based methods. And as of 2015, Advanced Trauma Life Support courses across the U.S. military transitioned to human-based methods.

We must ensure that the men and women we send into harm's way for our country receive the best medical care possible. The BEST Practices Act will achieve that goal by modernizing our nation's military medical training to improve troop safety. Please co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095) to ensure that we are providing our service members with training methods that are educationally superior.

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