End Animal Cruelty in the Department of Defense
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End Animal Cruelty in the Department of Defense

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Each year in Department of Defense courses, more than 6,000 pigs and goats are wounded and killed in combat trauma training courses. In these courses, the animals are anesthetized, then military trainees practice emergency procedures on them. At the end of each course, the animals are killed.

The DOD has defended this practice despite the overwhelming evidence that a transition to human-based alternatives would provide a better educational experience for our service members and could therefore save more lives on the battlefield. These medical procedures are taught in the civilian world almost exclusively without the use of live animals. You can read more about these superior, nonanimal alternatives here.

The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act was introduced in the House as H.R. 1417 and now has 20 co-sponsors. This important legislation, which will require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries, will protect our troops and save the lives of innocent animals.

Please take action to urge your representatives to end animal cruelty in the Department of Defense.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Congress Can Save Thousands of Animals From Cruel Military Training

      In order to train for severe burns, gunshot wounds, and amputations that can occur in combat, military medics use live animals. At the end of the training session, if the animals are not dead from the trauma they are subjected to, they are...

    3. PCRM looking for veterans to help stop animal cruelty in the military

      PCRM is looking for veterans to help with the campaign to phase out the use of live animals in military medical training courses. If you've served in the military, please contact PCRM at the link above.

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Victoria Molinari POULSBO, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Gandhi

    • georgie fong HILO, HI
      • about 3 years ago

      Innocent pigs and goats should not have to endured torture and mutilation because we Americans waged WAR on other countries for oil and dominates. It attitude like using animals to save one human life is worth it- Then it can also be said: Your body is totally similar, then it should be ok to use your life to save a service person, right? If you don't agree, I think that would be the same objection the pig would have.

    • Rusty Moore MOBERLY, MO
      • about 3 years ago

      tired of the cruelty

    • jaana jaakkola HUDDINGE, SWEDEN
      • about 3 years ago

      Stop this cruelty in the name of law!! Horrible to day, when we KNOW !!!

    • Susan Davis ASTORIA, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Bernadine Healy (former head of NIH) herself said that it is impossible to extrapolate info from men to women in clinical experiments. It is 1,000 times more impossible to extrapolate info from one species to another, and as we know from millions of recalls, millions of human deaths & injuries, drugs tested on animals have caused nothing but pain for humans. Military experiments on animals are lethal to humans, not only are animals vastly biologically different from us, they are histologically, physiologically, anatomically, psychologically, and in every conceivable way different from us! Even surgical instruments used on dogs and pigs, & other animals are an entirely different size, shape and material than those used on humans. Animal research is not only fraudulent it's deadly to humans. As someone who had family members in nearly every war I resent the fact that our DOD is still tinkering with psuedo-sciene from the dark ages! Stop this lie and nonsense at once!


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