Cut Out Classroom Cruelty!

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There is one basic rule about using sharp tools that we all learned in childhood:

DO NOT harm someone else with them.

But schools seem to be forgetting this rule when they ask students to cut open the bodies of dead animals with scissors and scalpels and support an industry that kills more than 10 million animals every year

Animals used for dissection are stolen from the wild and even purchased from animal shelters before being gassed to death and ending up on someone’s lab table.

Speak up for cats, frogs, rats, and other animals who are used for dissection by completing the mission below!

1. Draw a pair of scissors on your hand and write “STOP Cutting Animals! peta2.com/Dissection” next to it. Check out some creative examples below:

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  • Profile photo of AdamsCCrazed

    309 days ago

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    I really hate dissections. In middle school, my science teacher told me there wasn’t an alternative. Obviously, I still didn’t want to do it, so I just sat there and watched my group do it. The problem was my teacher was watching me the whole time, and when he realized I didn’t touch it yet, he took my hand and forced me to pull out the insides! And then I cried.. A lot.

  • Profile photo of TheAliceWoodman

    477 days ago

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    Help Peta!!
    I really don’t like dissections but next week our science teacher wants us to dissect some frozen mice (to see their reproductive systems). The only problem is that I really want to become a vet and everybody keeps telling me that if I don’t do the dissection there’s no way I could be come a vet, they say that I need it for experience. Also my teacher told me that either way if I do it or not, the mouse is going to be unfrozen and thrown away.

    What do you think I should do? Thanks for your help. Alice

    • Profile photo of Whitney-C

      476 days ago

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      If you want to be a veterinarian, you probably care about animals—and don’t want them to suffer for you. So the good news is that you don’t have to dissect animals if you want to be a vet. Many vet programs have largely replaced dissection with modern methods such as computer software, models, and plastinated specimens. Do you know that many vet school anatomy programs only obtain animals who died from natural causes and whose bodies were donated (just like human bodies are) rather than cutting up animals who were purposely killed? That’s because there are more humane and advanced ways to learn that nobody has to die for! Be sure to ask your teacher for a humane alternative to dissection instead, like one of these: http://features.peta2.com/cut-out-dissection/alternatives-to-dissection.aspx.

  • Profile photo of babydollvain

    509 days ago

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    I wish I had realized that there were ways to get around dissecting when I was in high school biology. Sadly, I thought I would fail the class if I didn’t dissect. I don’t want people to feel like they are required to do something unethical because they’ll be punished for it. I am going to push so that my sister’s won’t have to go through what I did.

  • Profile photo of haleynicole12345

    579 days ago

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    We have to dissect at school soon, any ideas on how I can get out if it? Because under no circumstances am I cutting open an animal that probably didn’t even want to die. :)

    • Profile photo of annie-l

      579 days ago

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      Hey Haley,

      Your state might already have a dissection choice policy that allows students not to dissect. Check it out: http://features.peta2.com/cut-out-dissection/step-two.aspx :)

      ~Annie from peta2.

    • Profile photo of KristiLeePollum

      576 days ago

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      Haley,
      expanding on Annie’s idea- I don’t know about your school, but at mine there were only 6 kids that were super against dissection (which was actually a pretty big percentage of the class, given there were only 20 total at that point in time). We tried getting this policy put into place, but it didn’t go into effect immediately – as in when we were in the actual class. I just talked to my biology teacher, and he said that it was perfectly fine that we didn’t want to actually do the dissection. So long so as we got enough out of the pre-dissection how-to videos to get the worksheets done, we weren’t required to take part in the actual act. He told us that he would’ve preferred that we at least watched, but we didn’t have to.
      I guess my point is that, if you talk to your teacher(s), they’ll most likely understand. A school can’t make a student participate in something that stands against their morals, and they know that. Most likely though, your teacher would be fine if you just didn’t do it.