Is Dissection on Your Syllabus?

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Posted August 29, 2011 by Christina

So you’re all ready for school to start—you get there, find your classes, see your friends, eat a veggie burger in your school cafeteria… and then you look at your science class syllabus and notice that dissection is part of your curriculum. WTF!

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Before you go all “oh no you didn’t” on you teacher for requiring dissection, check with your teacher to see if there is an alternate project available. (I recommend politely talking to your teacher away from the rest of the class, so that you have your teacher’s undivided attention.) If your teacher refuses to give you another assignment…

e-mail us at peta2@peta2.com so we can help!

If you haven’t checked your science class syllabus yet—you better get on it! There is no better time than now to start talking to your teacher about alternatives to dissection.

Hope to hear from you soon! :)

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  • 1333 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Alot of States Have it were you are not required to dissect. They teachers are sometimes required to provide an alternative

  • 1354 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am about to file a suit against my faculty, as they refused to offer me an acceptable alternative to cat dissections. I am looking for a lawyer..

  • 1356 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank god that my school is scared of making Peta mad 😀 we don’t do anything that would hurt animals

  • 1357 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Next year. :(

  • 1359 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    When my class dissected a frog and a chicken leg I did an alternate computer assignment..and the teacher bought “organic, cage free” chicken legs for the class to dissect make me feel better, but I didn’t fall for it; organic cage free birds suffer just as much! vegan4life

  • 1361 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Im so happy i don’t have to dissect this year! I did last year, before i was veg. And i look back now and regret it. Regardless that it was a worm. :

  • 1362 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Does anyone know if there’s any way to get through pre-med and then eventually Physician’s Assistant training without having to harm any animals?

    • 1357 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      YES!!! My mom is a doctor and she refused to dissect or put a tube down a cats throat, ect.

      • 1356 days ago

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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        Thank you Hannah. Such a relief to know this! I was just moving slowly forward and planning to deal with each situation as it arose, without being sure if I would be asked to leave the program or what. Your mom rules :)

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A few years ago I challenged the director of the science department at my high school on this subject. Because of me, they now have a virtual dissection option online for students who don’t want to participate.

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    my teacher rants on & on about alternate assignments for students, but won’t give me one for the SEVEN OR EIGHT dissections we will do.

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have a weekly zoology lab that will require lots of dissection. The lab is required for the class, which is required for my Biology major. I go to a private religious university, so they aren’t subject to all the same laws as state universities. There is only a small vegetarian presence on campus (no one I personally know) and the religious culture is that animals are for human use. I can’t win with religious beliefs since our religion isn’t specific about animal rights. My husband and I can’t transfer because we have too many credits and can’t afford a different school. Thoughts?

    • 1363 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I would recommend checking around online. My mother was a science teacher and she let her class decided when they had to dissect frogs. The ones that wanted to could do it the others that did not could do an “online dissection” There is a website that will quiz you on the body parts and everything the class had to do but it was all on a computer and no animals were hurt.

    • 1359 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Hey Elizabeth! I’m a bio major taking zoology also. I have to do a lot of dissections as well, and in addition to that, I have to do a “bug project” where I have to collect and kill 50 insects. =( The instructor won’t allow any other alternatives and this is a huge part of my grade. I decided to do it, but it is making me miserable. I could go cause a big scene but I’ve decided to give in. No one feels worse about this project than I, though. =( If you do choose to stay and participate, I personally (as a fellow veg) would not hold it against you. Just make sure you get the most education as you can out of those animals whose lives were given to science. I don’t know what your religion is, but here is a bible verse that backs up my beliefs:

      “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” -Genesis 1:29

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m very glad my science teacher lets anyone who doesn’t feel like dissecting read a book.

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I went to a school that did dissections. They were very impolite about it too. Students could opt out but the alternative assignment was incredibly time consuming. I really hated that my bio classroom, their were always ‘specimens’, in the back room.. On a happy note that cat in the photo looks a lot like my lovely 22 yr old kitty!

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It really sucked last year when my 7th grade science teacher wouldn’t let me out of the dissection lab. My parents wouldn’t back me up either, and my lab partner wouldn’t do anything, I had to do the whole dissection myself!

    • 1357 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      :(

  • 1363 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    didint take bio for alevel =) but our school probably does it because they are a traditional school which i call an ignorant one =L

  • 1364 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i had bio last year and my teacher was so amazingly awesome.. he let me and my other veggie friends sit out in the other room and do a packet instead…

  • 1364 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    both me and my friend have to ask our bio teacher about the dissection project during the class since both of us are vegetarians(im working on becoming a vegan with my parents)

  • 1364 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i’m so glad my chem teacher doesnt dissect at all

    • 1363 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      It’s chemistry, obviously there are no dissections. You’re looking at things on a molecular level.

      • 1359 days ago

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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        Yay, chemistry! Good luck in your class. =]

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