Ask the Air Force to Replace the Use of Pigs in Combat Trauma Training Course
This weekend, pigs will be used and killed in a combat trauma training course conducted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., despite the existence of human-based training methods. If the course—intended for Air Force Special Operations pararescue jumpers—moves forward as planned, pigs will be rendered unconscious and may be subject to amputations, burns, and abdominal evisceration. However, nonanimal, human-based training methods exist.
Please take a minute to ask the base commander, Col. John A. Cherrey, and unit commander, Col. Harold L. Maxwell, to immediately replace the use of pigs with these human-based methods. This link has text have provided for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:
I am writing to urge you to use human-based training methods instead of live animals in this weekend’s combat trauma training course and in all future courses.
The use of animals in this type of training is inadequate, due to the numerous anatomical differences between the animals and humans.
Human-based methods such as medical simulators are effective and widely available.
Stop Supporting 2012 Canadian Seal Hunt
Even though the markets for seal products have dried up, Nova Scotia fishermen are gearing up to kill grey seal pups. At any time now, they will being killing the pups right in front of their mothers, causing suffering and panic for the entire grey seal herd.
These sealers are fishermen and will be lucky to get a few dollars for each seal’s pelt or flesh.
The fishing industry is pushing for a massive cull of grey seals, blaming them for the results of their own destructive fishing practices.
Please send an email to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick seafood companies right away, to persuade them to stop supporting the brutal killing of grey seals.
Find petition AND contact information here:
Dear Physician: Do NOT prescribe Premarin, Prempro or Aprela
If you have not done so, please take the time to send our Dear Physician letter (downloadable PDF, 3 pp) asking doctors to refuse to prescribe Premarin, Prempro or Aprela (awaiting FDA approval).
1. The first step is to print the letter. You need not sign it. It is from the Int’l Fund for Horses, and bears my signature. Will you do that right now? It is in pdf format, and 3 pages long.
2. The next step is to send it to your OB/GYN if you have one. If you do not have one, then find one — or several, or all of them — in your area. Prepare the envelope(s), put the letter(s) in and mail.
If you have a close relationship with your doctor, you can personalize your mailing by attaching a handwritten note or letter explaining why you are sending it.
Remember, these pharmaceuticals are being actively marketed by sales people who specialize in these types of prescriptive drugs. We should be marketing at the same level.
We can do this, with your participation.