Praise Governor for Letting Students Opt Out of Animal Dissections


Target: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Goal: Applaud Connecticut Governor’s decision to respect the students’ choice in dissecting animals

In a recent move, Connecticut Govenor Dannel Malloy signed a bill granting freedom of conscience to public school students who object to dissecting animals. Malloy and state officials held an official ceremonial signing of the bill, “An Act Concerning Dissection Choice,” which will mandate that schools excuse students from taking part in or observing the dissection of any animal in a setting of classroom instruction. This action has drawn praise from the Humane Society of the United States, the Sierra Club, and other animal welfare advocates; Connecticut students also played large roles in crafting the legislation.

This legislation constitutes an important step in protecting animals from the cruel process of dissection. Each and every year, millions of animals (from pigs and cats to frogs and turtles) are dissected in primary and secondary schools. In the aftermath of this needless suffering and dying, insult is added upon injury. After their evisceration, the animals’ carcasses are discarded like trash. The Connecticut law encourages the study of anatomy and physiology using humane alternatives to dissection, including computer programs, videos, and 3D models; research indicates that students learning from these methods learn as well or better than students practicing dissection.

Students of science should learn to feel respect and compassion for the animals that occupy the planet along with the human race. Dissection encourages a cold and callous disregard for animal life, which legislation like that passed by Governor Malloy helps to combat. Please sign the petition below to praise Malloy’s actions and support animal welfare throughout the country.


Dear Governor Dannel Malloy:

You recently signed into law a bill mandating that primary and secondary schools allow students to opt out of animal dissections for reasons of conscience. Animal dissection for biological science is an unnecessary and gruesome part of public education; educational studies demonstrate that students can learn more efficiently from more humane alternatives to dissection and evisceration. Moreover, students who object to the cruelty of dissection with not be forced to take part.

The bill you have signed into law is a crucial step in improving the respect for animal life necessary to the humane exercise of the biological sciences. Thank you for this important measure, and I hope that your example leads to similar actions in the other states.


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