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Ask the Air Force to Replace the Use of Pigs in Combat Trauma Training Course

Pigs will be used and killed in a combat trauma training course conducted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., despite the existence of human-based training methods. In this course—intended for Air Force Special Operations pararescue jumpers—pigs are rendered unconscious and may be subject to amputations, burns, and abdominal evisceration. However, nonanimal, human-based training methods exist. Please take a minute to ask the base commander, Col. John A. Cherrey, and unit commander, Col. Harold L. Maxwell, to immediately replace the use of pigs with these human-based methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  1. I am writing to urge you to use human-based training methods instead of live animals in your combat trauma training course and in all future courses.
  2. The use of animals in this type of training is inadequate, due to the numerous anatomical differences between the animals and humans.
  3. Human-based methods such as medical simulators are effective and widely available.

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