A bipartisan pair of Congressmen has proposed a bill that will ban the use of live animals in all military medical trauma training.

The bill seeks to mandate the Department of Defense to prioritize the use of medical simulators and other “human based methods,” and phase out the use of live animals by October 1st, 2020.

The Department of Defense kills on average 8,500 animals a year. The animals used are mostly goats and pigs. The use of live animals in medical trauma training has been a hallmark of 18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant training for years.

Glen Doherty wrote an excellent piece for SOFREP in 2012 detailing the benefits of using live animal tissue training. Key points he related were the humane treatment of the animals involved: anesthetizing so the animal feels no pain before and throughout the process, and then euthanizing it after the procedure, and that the irreplaceable real world benefits of having medical personnel feel the pressure of keeping a living being alive.