Allow Dissection Choice for Connecticut Students

Target: Connecticut legislature

Goal: Allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom.

A bill being considered by Connecticut legislature would allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom. Students should not have to violate their personal beliefs to participate in education that involves the killing of animals. There are many high-quality alternatives that are not ethically questionable, provide equal or better education, and are considerably cheaper.

Both the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers are in support of dissection alternatives. Also, over 90 percent of medical schools have eliminated animal-based teaching methods. A formal policy would allow students to oppose dissection without risk of intimidation from peers or teachers. It would also allow for a more open environment where students can engage in alternative forms of biology education.

Thirteen states have already enacted dissection choice policies, including all of Connecticut’s neighboring states. Students should not have to violate their ethical beliefs in order to gain an education in biology. Urge Connecticut legislature to pass a bill allowing students to have a choice about dissection in the classroom.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of Connecticut legislature,

Although over 90 percent of medical schools have eliminated animal-based teaching methods from their curricula, dissection is still very much alive in elementary and high school biology classes. Students should not have to violate their personal beliefs about animal protection, particularly when there are high-quality alternatives available that provide equal or better education.

Dissection choice is supported by both the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers. A formal policy would allow students to oppose dissection without risk of intimidation from peers or teachers, and would also allow for a more open environment where students can engage in alternative forms of biology education.

Thirteen states have already enacted dissection choice policies, including all of Connecticut’s neighboring states. It is time for Connecticut to allow students to have an option regarding dissection in the classroom.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. With all of the advanced modeling systems and computer programs, we don’t need this horrific methodology of learning.

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