Ask Congress to End the Use of Live Animals in Combat Trauma Training

Pig: Take ActionPlease take a moment to ask your members of Congress to support the BEST Practices Act (S.1550/H.R. 3172), a bill to end the use of live animals in combat trauma training courses. We have provided some text for you, but we encourage you to personalize your message to make it stand out. If you decide to write your own email, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • I am writing as a constituent to urge you to co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act, a bill to end the use of live animals in combat trauma training courses.
  • The use of animals in this type of training is inadequate, due to the numerous anatomical differences between animals and humans.
  • More than 8,500 pigs and goats are killed every year in this type of training.
  • Validated, human-based methods such as medical simulators are effective and widely available.
  • The military recently stopped using live animals to train medical students, so it is clear they see them as a valid training tool.
  • Transitioning away from the use of animals will result in significant cost savings for the military over the long term.
  • Please co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act and do everything you can to ensure its passage.


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