Ban Battlefield Medical Training on Live Animals

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Target: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson

Goal: Support a ban on torturing and killing live animals for military medical training.

More than 8,500 pigs, goats, and other animals suffer gunshots, multiple stabbings, blast wounds, and amputation for military trauma training annually. After the animals are treated for their human-inflicted injuries, they are euthanized. These animals are tortured to provide trauma training for medics in our armed services.

In January 2015, the military put a new policy in place whereby a number of programs–including advanced trauma life support, neonatal resuscitation training and obstetrics/gynecology–would fully transition to the use of simulators and cadavers. The use of live animals in battlefield trauma training, however, will continue.

Trauma training on live animals is unnecessary. The anatomy of pigs and goats is completely different from human anatomy and can lead to substandard training. More than 98 percent of civilian medical training programs exclusively use non-animal training methods. They use high tech human patient simulators. These simulators accurately replicate breathing difficulties, bleeding, medication responses, and even death. The simulators also allow medical trainees to repeatedly practice critical procedures until they are comfortable without torturing or killing any animals.

Our soldiers deserve medics with training that is accurate, modern, and effective. Killing live animals is cruel and inhumane when better methods of training exist that are in use by most medical training programs.

In February 2015, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA 04) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to ban the use of live animals in military trauma testing. The bill, titled the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act of 2015 (HR 1095) or BEST Practices Act, phases out the use of live animals in combat trauma training over five years. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) submitted the corresponding Senate bill (S 587).

Rep. Johnson said, “It’s clear that using live pigs and goats in this kind of training isn’t necessary, and 98 percent of civilian trauma programs agree. BEST is the best of all possible worlds–it improves training, eliminates animal suffering, modernizes medical training, and saves taxpayers money.”

By signing this petition below, you will show support for Congressman Hank Johnson and Senator Ron Wyden’’s BEST Practices Act of 2015. Our soldiers deserve the most effective training available and the lives of over 8,500 animals annually are at stake.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Wyden and Representative Johnson,

The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act of 2015 (BEST Practices Act) is a bill long overdue and we commend you for your support and championship. Wounding, maiming, and dismembering animals is cruel and inhumane. Practicing medical procedures on live animals is also unnecessary as human patient simulators are widely available, more cost effective, and superior training tools utilized by 98 percent of civilian medical training programs.

The Department of Defense needs to ban live animal testing for all medical procedures. Simulators eliminate the costs of breeding, maintaining, and disposing of animals after they serve their limited, and inefficient, purpose. Human anatomy differs vastly from pig and goat anatomy so using these animals is senseless and a waste of taxpayer money.

I urge you to continue the fight to have the BEST Practices Act (S 587/HR 1095) approved and signed into law. The lives of more than 8,500 animals annually rely on this act. Please don’t let them down.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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