Target: Representative Hank Johnson
Goal: End the killing of animals for military training
The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act or the “BEST Practices Act” is a proposal to end animal-based training for the US military by 2018. The bill would prevent military personnel from using animals to train for combat and medical situations. High-fidelity simulators, a kind of mannequin, would be implemented instead. The military is already using the simulators in other training areas, however support is still needed to convince Congress that it is necessary in this area.
Over 6,000 animals are used to train doctors, medics, and other personnel on how to respond to emergency combat injuries. Because simulators are built to mimic human anatomy, it only makes sense to employ this technology instead of crudely using animals.
Representative Hank Johnson proposed the bill as a means to phase out the use of animals. Senator Ron Wyden agreed, “It’s wrong to kill animals when better training methods exist.” However Congress has considered passing this bill twice before and it has till not been enacted. Sign and show your support for the implementation of humane military training practices.
Dear Representative Johnson,
The benefits of enacting the BEST Practice Act are indisputable, yet the bill has not yet received the attention it deserves. Military members should be exposed to the most advanced training methods available, however some are still receiving training that is equivalent to that of high school science students. The BEST Practice Act should be implemented as soon as possible if animals are to be phased out by 2018.
The Department of Defense acknowledged that by 2014 simulators will be able to mimic common battlefield injuries. Scientific research has shown that high-fidelity simulators improve safety for patients and reduce doctor mistakes. Medical experts have clearly stated that operating on pigs and goats does not adequately prepare medical students to operate on humans. Anatomical differences make this kind of training completely unreliable, and in comparison to simulators it is clearly inferior.
Using animals for medical training is not only inhumane, but also an unwise use of American tax dollars. Now that superior technology exists and is readily available, continuing the injury and slaughter of animals would be extremely unethical. Over 6,000 animals currently suffer and die each year.
This bill has been in waiting for years and the US military is capable of making the change. Please promote the enactment of the Best Practice Act for the sake of animals and proper military training.
[Your Name Here]
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