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Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act

The BEST Practices Act (H.R.3172/S.1550)—introduced in September 2013 in the House of Representatives and the Senate by Rep. Hank Johnson and Sen. Ron Wyden, respectively—will phase out the military’s use of goats and pigs in its combat trauma training exercises and catalyze a transition to human-based models.

Every year, the U.S. military wounds and kills about 8,500 goats and pigs in combat trauma training courses, sometimes amputating their limbs, stabbing, and burning the animals. These procedures are not only cruel; they’re also unnecessary: more effective, human-based training methods are now widely available. This evolution past so-called “live-tissue” training—a change the civilian medical sector has fully embraced—will better prepare those who care for our fighting men and women to treat their patients effectively, on and off the battlefield.

Both as a matter of troop readiness and humane medical practice, the U.S. military must modernize its medical teaching methods and phase in the use human-based methods in place of live animals. Please click here to urge your members of Congress to support the BEST Practices Act.



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