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Animals have rights too!

December 14, 2009

This information was sent to via Wright Thinking from his friend Georgia:

Human-based medical trauma models exist, it is so unnecessary and barbaric to use animals in these ways.

Please take a moment to ask your legislator to support this bill, for the sake of the innocent animals.

Maybe next will be a legislative ban on sonar testing so that marine animal protection isn’t subject to the ‘crap shoot’ of the courts.

Thanks so much –
Georgia

PCRM Action Alert
Bookmark and ShareDear PCRM supporter,After asking Congress for months to improve military medical training via annual defense-specific bills, we have a major development to report. PCRM is happy to announce that Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has introduced stand-alone legislation that would end the use of live animals in military medical training courses: H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act.

Please ask your congressperson, your U.S. representative , to support the BEST Practices Act today. Even if you have written to your representative previously about this issue, this is a new bill we are asking Congress to support.

Currently, the United States military uses live animals in combat trauma training and chemical casualty management courses. In some of these courses:

  • Monkeys are injected with a toxic dose of a drug, causing seizures and difficulty breathing that can result in death.
  • The legs of live goats are amputated one by one to cause severe hemorrhaging.

These practices continue despite the existence of superior human-based training methods!

The BEST Practices Act will phase in the use of human-based methods in all military trauma training courses. Please call or e-mail your congressperson today to ask for their support.

After contacting your U.S. representative ’s office, forward this message to your friends and family.

We promise to keep you updated on our new strategy to improve the quality of military medical training and as a result save the lives of soldiers and animals. In the meantime, learn more about this campaign at www.BetterMilitaryMedicine.org. Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, please contact Noah Gittell at ngittell@pcrm.org.

Very truly,
John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Senior Medical and Research Adviser

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