Federal Legislation

The Physicians Committee


Legislative Efforts to Replace the Use of Live Animals in Combat Trauma Training

Tell Congress to pass the BEST Practices Act: Call Congress today and tell your representative to co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095). You can call the Capitol switchboard at 1-202-224-3121. The switchboard operator will connect you with the office you request. You can simply tell the operator where you live and ask to be connected to your representative’s office.

When you call, please be polite and encouraging. We have provided sample talking points below:

  • I am calling as your constituent to urge you to co-sponsor the BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1095).
  • The BEST Practices Act would modernize military medical training by replacing the use of animals with human-relevant simulators.
  • These simulators are superior to using animals and are already used by many military institutions, the civilian sector, and by other countries.
  • Each year, more than 8,500 goats and pigs are shot, stabbed, burned, and amputated in military training courses despite more modern, effective methods.