Ask Congress to End the Use of Live Animals in Combat Trauma Training
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
October 2013


Tell your Congressional representatives to support the BEST Practices Act (S.1550/H.R. 3172) and do the right thing and END the use of live animals in combat trauma training courses. There are EFFECTIVE alternatives available that do NOT harm animals.

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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.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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