Name: Name: Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act (BEST Practices Act)
Number: HR 3172
A federal bill, the BEST Practices Act, which would end the use of live animals for research for both combat trauma injuries and chemical and biological casualty management exercises by the U.S. military, has been re-introduced this year in Congress. This bill, which remained stalled in committee during the 2011-2012 session, directly addresses the horrific abuse to animals used by the military to simulate battle conditions and injuries by targeting live animals
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) continues to use live monkeys to train medical personnel to treat casualties of chemical and biological agent attacks and uses live goats and pigs to teach physicians, medics, corpsmen, and other personnel methods to respond to severe battlefield injuries. According to a report commissioned by the DOD, more than 6,000 live animals are used for lethal training each year, although non-animal training methods have already been proven to be more effective. The bill asks legislators to consider that:
It is time to end the practice of using animals for medical experiments by the military without accountability—or humane considerations. A ban on the use of all animal-based training methods would take effect not later than October 1, 2018.
Call to action: