Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act is a bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries, and for other purposes. It would stop the maiming and killing of animals in military training.

Bipartisan billEdit

The bill was proposed by members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. It was sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in the Senate and Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) in the House of Representatives.


An article by Jennifer Bates on the PETA website dated June 27, 2016 said:

Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced that the American Osteopathic Association, the National Medical Association, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, and the American Medical Student Association—which together represent 255,000 doctors and physicians-in-training, including several former U.S. surgeons general among their leadership—have endorsed bipartisan legislation that will help save the lives of military troops and animals while improving medical training .

Introduced by Rep. Johnson, the Battlefield Excellence Through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act would phase out the use of live animals in cruel and archaic military trauma training, during which thousands of live pigs, goats, and other animals each year endure gunshots to the face, multiple stabbings to the heart and lungs, and amputation of the limbs. The legislation instead favors the use of superior and humane life-like human-patient simulators that accurately mimic severe bleeding, breathing difficulties, responses to medication, and even death.