New Law Includes PETA-Endorsed Provision Prioritizing Non-Animal Methods in Military Trauma Training

President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a game-changing, first-of-its-kind restriction that requires the Department of Defense to use medical-simulation technology in trauma-skills training “to the maximum extent practicable” before resorting to harming animals in the deadly drills. This new provision will force the Pentagon to focus on more effective, ethical, and economical human-simulation technology as the new gold standard of trauma training, rather than the practice of shooting, stabbing, dismembering, and killing thousands of pigs and goats each year. PETA is grateful to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) for her leadership in working to reform this cruel practice.

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