Target: Ingrid Newkirk, President of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Goal: Thank animal rights organization for donating virtual dissection software
Students dissect millions of worms, frogs and fetal pigs every year as part of their schools’ curriculums. These needless deaths could easily be avoided if schools unanimously adopted the use of virtual dissection software as a teaching tool in lieu of actual animals. The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) needs to be praised for recently donating free virtual dissection software to a Texas high school, simultaneously saving animals and promoting the use of non-animal dissection teaching methods.
There are many reasons why the dissection of animals in our schools is a bad idea. Forcing students to dissect animals can cause serious mental distress and depression, and, alternately, it can encourage students to start looking at animals as objects instead of living creatures with unique needs and rights. The millions of animals involved in the dissection industry are often purchased from commercial breeding companies that breed their animals in prison-like habitats, which cause the animals untold suffering before they are needlessly murdered for dissection purposes.
The virtual dissection software donated by PETA uses “uses audio narration, captioned text, immersive environments, and interactivity to deliver key concepts within the theory and foundations of Science.” Using this software saves the lives of animals and prevents needless suffering. The students who use the software are spared the mental distress of cutting animals open, and they can repeat the virtual dissections as many times as they need to in order to learn. Studies show that virtual dissection software is at least as effective a teaching method as animal dissection and many teachers across the country are advocating for its widespread use. Several states in America already have laws that require schools to use such software in place of real animals.
Please sign the petition below to thank PETA for donating virtual dissection software to Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in Texas. PETA’s actions will save the lives of animals as well as promote the use of virtual dissection software.
Dear Ms. Newkirk,
I was happy to read that PETA had recently donated virtual dissection software to Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in Texas. Our nation’s students are forced to dissect millions of worms, frogs and fetal pigs every year as part of their formal education. Aside from the needless suffering and death experienced by these animals, the students who are forced to perform these dissections can suffer serious mental distress as a result, or they can become encouraged to start seeing animals as objects instead of living creatures with unique needs and rights. With virtual dissection software, no animals suffer and die and students still learn without having to experience mental distress.
The popularity of virtual dissection software is growing throughout America. More and more teachers are advocating in favor of virtual dissection software, and several states already have laws requiring it to be used by schools in lieu of real animals. Thank you for donating this software. Your actions will save the lives of animals and also promote the use of non-animal dissection teaching methods.
[Your Name Here]
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