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Congress is considering bipartisan legislation to stop the practice of wounding and then killing animals for medical trauma training drills by Department of Defense contractors.
What the Bill Does
If signed into law, the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1243/S. 498) would end the shooting, stabbing, dismembering, burning, and killing of thousands of animals each year for combat-medic training. The bill would ensure that service members are instead given access to high-tech human-patient simulators, which are already used by elite military units and are better training tools.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Coast Guard made the decision to stop using animals for this training, and a new bipartisan law included a PETA-backed provision that—for the first time—makes human-simulation technology the new gold standard of trauma training. This means that the U.S. military must use it before considering harming any animals in trauma training. It's an effort that PETA has been spearheading by—among many other actions—releasing shocking, never-before-seen eyewitness video footage showing that live pigs, goats, and other animals are mutilated in this training. The footage shows that training instructors hired by the military cut off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers and shot and stabbed live pigs and pulled out their internal organs. Some under-anesthetized animals moaned in agony.
Military Medical Experts Agree
U.S. Army Brigadier General, physician, and former member of Congress Dr. Joe Heck concurs with PETA that trauma training using live animals provides inferior training:
"As a … physician in the U.S. Army Reserve who commanded the emergency room of a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, I support the elimination of Live Tissue Training (LTT)....
[T]he anatomy of goats and pigs does not realistically replicate that of a human, gives combat medics a false confidence in their skills, and causes them to develop inaccurate muscle memory in the performance of critical, life-saving skills."
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