Back to School: Think Dissection Alternatives!

Frog flipped and cropped.jpgAs 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 alternatives benefit animals, the environment, and education. Itís also the opportune time to ask teachers for the choice to learn science without compromising your humane ethics.

This school year, save animal lives by promoting humane alternatives.


1. Learn 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.

2. Speak 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.

3. Promote 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 alternatives.

4. Contact 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 us today.


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