From Peta: Today, U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) and Tom Marino (R-Pennsylvania), and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), introduced legislation to modernize military medical training, an effort that PETA has been leading the charge on for many years.
If enacted, the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1243/S. 498) will bring an end to the military‘s shooting, stabbing, dismembering, burning, and killing of thousands of animals each year in cruel and archaic trauma training drills and instead require the use of superior human-simulation models. This will spare animals’ lives, improve training for troops, and cut wasteful taxpayer spending.
Military studies confirm that lifelike human simulators—which can breathe, bleed, talk, and even “die”—prepare troops to treat traumatic injuries as well as or better than mutilating animals.
Eighty percent of the American public opposes these animal mutilations in military trauma training, according to a recent national poll, along with more than 8,000 military veterans, top national medical organizations representing 255,000 physicians and doctors-in-training, and The New York Times editorial board.
We need your help to ensure that this critical legislation gets enacted. Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives today and urge them to cosponsor the bipartisan BEST Practices Act.
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