Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, and
burned every year in cruel and crude U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) trauma training exercises, even though the military already relies on the use of lifelike simulators and
other effective non-animal training methods and DoD regulations require that alternatives to animals be
used when available.
The U.S. Army’s own Rascon School of Combat
Medicine at Fort Campbell does not use animals in its training program and has even
publicly stated that “[t]raining on [simulators] is more realistic to providing
care for a person than training on animals.” The Air Force’s Center for
Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Navy Trauma Training Center
also do not use animals to train soldiers.
and killing animals, training on
simulators allows medics and soldiers to practice on accurate anatomical models
and repeat vital procedures until all trainees are confident and proficient.
Studies show that medical care providers who learn trauma treatment using
simulators are better prepared to treat injured patients than those who are
trained using animals.
German officials have even repeatedly blocked
attempts by the U.S. Army to kill animals in training exercises in Germany
after determining that doing so would violate the law given that alternatives
to the use of animals are available. And government officials from numerous
NATO allies—including Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Hungary, Croatia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovakia—have informed PETA that they do not use any animals
to train military medical personnel.
Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional
representatives and urge them to cosponsor the Battlefield Excellence through
Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1417), which will responsibly
phase out the U.S. military’s use of live animals in trauma training courses
and require the use of ethically and scientifically superior non-animal
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