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Dear PCRM supporter,

We have had a major development in our campaign to end the military’s cruel and unnecessary use of animals, and we need your voice. Please contact your member of Congress today!

On Wednesday, members of the House Armed Services Committee will vote on the Andrews amendment on human-relevant trauma training, which is based on the language of the BEST Practices Act. This amendment will end the use of live pigs and goats in the military’s combat trauma training courses and replace them with superior, human-relevant technology, like medical simulators.

Ninety-eight percent of all civilian trauma training programs have already made the switch, acknowledging that simulators are superior to the use of animals.

Your member of Congress does not sit on the House Armed Services Committee but has supported this issue in the past. Please ask your U. S. representative to contact the chair of that committee, Congressman Buck McKeon, and urge him to support the Andrews amendment in committee markup.

After you have done that, please forward this to your friends who live in your congressional district.

In some of these combat trauma training courses, the animals are shot and their limbs amputated while trainees are told to keep the animals alive as long as possible. At the end of each course, the animals are killed.

This practice continues despite the fact that these procedures are taught in the civilian world without the use of animals. You can read more about these superior human-based methods here.

Thank you for all of your help.

Elizabeth Kucinich
Elizabeth Kucinich
Director of Government Affairs


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