There is monumental news to share! The U.S. Coast Guard has just committed to a permanent end to the use of animals in its trauma training drills known as “live tissue training”!
The head of the U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, told members of Congress that cutting apart and killing animals in trauma training drills is “abhorrent” and that the Coast Guard “will move to a simulation [training model]. … [F]or us, it will be the right thing to do to prepare our Coast Guard members who may be deployed to theaters where they may encounter traumatic injuries.”
This makes the Coast Guard the first branch of the military to end these atrocities!
The Coast Guard’s decision follows years of pressure from PETA and bipartisan members of Congress, especially Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Rep. Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
It’s time for the entire Pentagon to follow the Coast Guard’s lead on this issue.
Please ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the bipartisan BEST Practices Act (H.R. 1243/S. 498), which, if enacted, would end the military’s mutilation of thousands of animals each year in cruel trauma drills and instead require the use of superior human-simulation models.