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|Originally Posted: 12 December 2009|
Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the BEST Practices Act
Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act, a bill to make military medical training more humane and effective by phasing out animal use.
And/Or better yet, make direct contact:
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H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act is a bill that will improve military medical training by phasing in human-based training methods.
America's troops deserve the best medical treatment. Unfortunately, the personnel responsible for treating battlefield injuries are receiving suboptimal education because the U.S. military relies on the use of animals. In some combat trauma training courses, an instructor cuts a live goat with a scalpel to create traumatic wounds that cause severe bleeding. In chemical casualty care courses, vervet monkeys are given a toxic dose of the drug physostigmine, which can induce seizures, diarrhea, and death.
H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act will phase in the use of human-based methods for combat trauma training and chemical casualty courses within three years. It requires the superior education and preparation of military personnel through the use of state-of-the-art medical simulators, immersion in civilian and military trauma centers, and other human-based methods.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!