Back to School: Think Dissection Alternatives!
As students return to science classes,
we can help ensure learning without harming animals. Now is the best
time to let teachers and school administrators know how dissection
animals, the environment, and education. Itís also the opportune time
to ask teachers for the choice to learn science without compromising your
This school year, save animal
lives by promoting humane alternatives.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
more. Millions of animals are killed for dissection in the
U.S. every year, causing extreme animal suffering and environmental harm.
Studies have shown students who use alternatives learn as well or better
than students who dissect animals. Alternatives also foster environmental
stewardship and compassion for life, while animal dissection discourages
some students from science careers. Find out more.
up. During the first few weeks of school, talk with your
teachers or instructors about the curriculum. Ask them about any planned
dissection labs and if they will use animals and/or offer alternatives. See
if your state
protects your right to choose alternatives before the discussion. Even if
your state doesn't, still ask and we will support you
with whatever documentation your teacher requests.
alternatives. If a teacher plans to dissect, you can
advocate for the use of alternatives. Download and
print NEAVSí dissection alternatives poster and
ask to display it in your classroom or library. Encourage others to contact
teachers, faculty, or the local school board about the benefits of
us. NEAVSí educational affiliate,
the Ethical Science and Education Coalition (ESEC),
offers an Alternatives
Loan Library that includes software, manuals, charts, humane curricula,
and models. If you or someone you know is interested in a free alternative
rental, please contact