My science class is going to be dissecting frogs soon and I really wouldn’t feel comfortable dissecting but I’m not quite sure how to explain to my teacher that I don’t feel that it’s right to dissect and that I don’t want to participate in the dissecting. My teacher is the type of teacher that is against animal rights and she comments on the animal rights books that I bring to class. She also considers it a “privilege” to dissect.
It’s great that you want to cut out dissection at your school! It’s super easy-even with a difficult teacher. Here’s what you have to do:
• The first (and most important!) step you can take is super easy: SPEAK UP!
Most schools and teachers are kind of clueless when it comes to what their students care about and so if you haven’t already, go up to your principal or teacher (or just e-mail them with our sample letter: http://features.peta2.com/cut-out-dissection/step-three.aspx) and tell them that you are morally opposed to dissection and you would like an alternative. If you live in one of these states http://features.peta2.com/cut-out-dissection/step-two.aspx , there is a law in place to back you up. This may be the only step you need to take before you are given a humane alternative to cutting up a dead animal!
• If your parents are supportive of your choice not to dissect, have them contact the school immediately and request an alternative.
• If your school still isn’t willing to give you an alternative, we can help. PETA is willing to donate the alternatives for FREE to your entire class! Just e-mail me at AnnieL@peta2.com with details on how your talk (or discussion through e-mail) went, and we can help you move forward. Make sure to include your teacher’s e-mail address or a phone number for your school so peta2 can be in touch.
That’s all it takes to make a huge difference for animals at your school—super simple, right?
Hi @Alwayslovecats. Your teacher DOES sound kind of close-minded, but maybe you’re not giving her enough credit. I have a hunch that if you politely explain your choice to not dissect that she would be perfectly okay with. If you feel like you can’t talk to her face-to-face, try sending an e-mail instead. That way, you can lay out all your points clearly and politely without being interrupted or forgetting anything. Another option would be to ask your mom or dad to call your teacher for you.