Woo-hoo! After more than a year of discussion with PETA, the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Center is officially ditching an awful lesson plan that asked hundreds of elementary school teachers to use live African dwarf frogs, fiddler crabs, and millipedes in lessons on animal behavior.
Big thanks to all the teachers, parents, and other concerned people around the country who let the Smithsonian know that it’s WRONG to use animals in the classroom! ❤
Learning about animals and the environment is awesome, but keeping wild animals locked up in tiny plastic boxes, away from their natural habitats and without having their most basic needs met, is NOT the way to do it—and we’re so glad that the Smithsonian seems to get that now, too!