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Tell Congress to Co-Sponsor/Support H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act

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Originally Posted: March 28, 2012

Tell Congress to Co-Sponsor/Support H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)


Let your member of Congress know that you support the BEST Practices Act and ask him or her to become a co-sponsor of the bill that will improve military medical training by replacing the outdated use of animals.

Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Contact your U.S. Representative


In our continuing effort to educate Congress about the impressive advances being made by the developers of nonanimal, human-based military medical training, last week we put on a show on Capitol Hill. We needed a lot of heavy plastic sheeting to catch all of the fake blood.

Please keep in mind that these are not images of real humans:

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A former military medic checks on the “casualty” wearing the Cut Suit while attendees look on.

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Attendees get a close look at the inner workings of the Cut Suit.

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Remember, this is not real!

The impressive devices—including a replica of an injured soldier with his legs blown off—were accompanied by a statement from Congressman Bob Filner, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and lead sponsor of the BEST Practices Act, which would end the military's use of animals in combat trauma training courses. Rep. Filner made it clear that the time is now to replace the use of goats and pigs—more than 6,000 every year—in these courses.

"If you care about the troops, this is the most effective way of training," explained Rep. Filner. Now is the time for your Member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor of the BEST Practices Act. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!