Thank Pentagon for Phasing Out Use of Live Animals in Medical Training


Target: Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Goal: Thank Pentagon for phasing out the use of live animals in medical training

According to internal documents, the Pentagon plans to phase out the use of live animals in medical training programs, following the lead of most Western militaries that have long since banned such cruelty.

Instead of live animals, the military will be using realistic human dummies developed by a research team in Boston. The dummies will be used to teach trainees how to resuscitate unconscious humans, administer anesthesia, and a host of other practices that could save someone’s life. This makes much more sense because animals do not react the same way that humans would in these medical situations and human simulators are much more accurate.

The decision puts the United States more in line with its NATO allies, where 22 out of 28 have already banned such practices in medical training. Recent research findings by a medical research symposium showed that human simulators were much more accurate than the use of animals, which shows that putting effort into alternative methods to animal use is paying off in a big way.

The military has been slowly but surely making changes to how it uses animals in military training. For instance, the U.S. Army and Coast Guard have adopted policies over the last two years that encourage using human simulators rather than animals. While changes may come slower than some would like, it is a massive improvement in how the military has treated animals in the past. Thank the Pentagon for taking this progressive step to phase out the use of live animals in medical training programs.


Dear Mr. Chuck Hagel,

I would like to thank you and the Department of Defense for making strides to phase out the use of animals in medical training. Not only is the use of human simulators more humane, it has also been backed by medical researchers as being much more useful in medical training. This decision will allow the United States to become part of the 98% of NATO allies that have banned such inhumane practices.

By phasing out the use of animals in medical training, the military will be saving thousands of animals every year. There is no conclusive evidence that using animals in horrific simulations is better than using human simulators, and this move will be beneficial to both people and animals.

While this decision has made great moves forward, I know the Pentagon can do even more to erase animal use. Please continue to find alternative methods for medical training programs so that we can continue to move forward.


[Your Name Here]

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