Sample Dissection Replacement Policy
So, you’re a lucky one. You live a state that already gives you the choice not to dissect. What now? Chances are, most of your friends have no idea that they have the right not to cut up dead animals for a grade—it’s up to you to tell them! Check out your specific state’s law and get leaflets made for your state here.
Download our Dissection Replacement Guide here and get started. Respectfully tell your principal and science teacher that you know that students in your state have the right not to dissect. Give him or her all of the information they need to see that dissection is inefficient, outdated, and should be replaced. Here’s a sample policy for you to use:
Guidelines for Replacing the Use of Animals in Education
- Many students at all educational levels object to the use of animals in dissection. Modern alternatives to animal dissection and other experiments are available, and dozens of studies have shown that they teach biology as well as, or better than, traditional animal-based lessons.
- Humane non-animal learning methods such as computer programs, models, and videos should be used whenever they are available for a particular learning objective.
- The responsibility for identifying suitable humane methods lies with the teacher, not the student.
- Learning methods that require the confinement of animals or cause harm to animals (including pain, distress, and discomfort) are not humane learning methods, nor is requiring students to observe such exercises.
- If alternatives to the use of animals are not available, instructors must notify students and allow students who object to animal use to complete an alternative learning exercise.
- Information on effective non-animal alternatives can be found at here, www.animalearn.org, and www.interniche.org.
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