Written by Michelle Kretzer
Students attending District of Columbia Public Schools no longer have to choose between their grades and their morals. On PETA's
recommendation, the school district has adopted a dissection-choice policy, giving students the option to use advanced software and other humane methods of studying anatomy.
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To help district teachers implement the
new policy, PETA is offering to donate computers and software through our
national educational grants program so that D.C. students have access to state-of-the-art
virtual-dissection equipment. Teachers are already taking us up on the offer! Advanced
computer models have proved to be more effective teaching tools than cutting up animals, and they allow students to learn compassion while learning about anatomy.
used in dissection
could be lost or abandoned
companion animals or could be bred in squalid mass-breeding facilities and then killed. Frogs,
the most commonly dissected animal, are often ripped out of their natural
environments, stuffed into bags without food or water, and shipped across long
distances, and many of them sustain injuries or die during transport. But
states and school districts across the country are honoring students' right not
to contribute to this cruelty by implementing dissection-choice policies.
To learn how to cut out dissection at a
school near you, contact us to request a
free "Cut Out Dissection" pack.
Written by Jeff Mackey
When PETA learned that a Florida man was trapping (and
perhaps killing) squirrels directly under a bird feeder, a PETA cruelty caseworker jumped into action. While
the trapping was legal under state law—which meant that Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission officials couldn't help—the squirrels suffered
for hours from the intense Florida heat and from anxiety, especially since
squirrels prefer to burrow and minimize their exposure to humans and other potential
In addition to asking Fish and Wildlife to confront the man
trapping the squirrels, the caseworker called and e-mailed the man and encouraged
one of the man's neighbors to speak to the trapper, who ultimately agreed to
stop capturing the squirrels. The neighbor was also urged to stop feeding
squirrels, which attracted more of them to the area.
There's no need to resort to drastic measures: Learn how to live in harmony with our wild-animal neighbors. Even if you enjoy wildlife, please think
carefully before feeding them, as doing so can expose them to predators and other dangers.
At the Los Angeles County Science Fair, PETA presented its
first Special Award for Humane Science—along with a $500 cash prize—to Palos
Verdes Peninsula High School senior Shu Hee "Sophie" Kim for her mathematical model that accurately predicts the growth of breast cancer
cells in patients after they receive radiotherapy treatments. Sophie's project
has also been selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair (Intel ISEF) next month.
Here's Sophie and her award-winning project
When compared with results from in vitro tests using human tissue, Sophie's model—which she
developed working with a mathematics professor at the University of California–Irvine—accurately
predicted outcomes, which may help doctors better anticipate the effectiveness
of treatments for breast cancer and other forms of cancer.
This award is part of PETA's work to promote humane and
progressive non-animal research. In 2010, after discussions with PETA, the
Intel ISEF—of which the Los Angeles fair is a satellite event—adopted a policy that "strongly endorses the use of non-animal research methods and
encourages students to use alternatives to animal research."
Animal-based breast cancer research typically involves
injecting animals with chemicals or cancer cells and forcing them to endure the
growth of painful tumors until they die or are killed. These cruel studies have
still not identified a cure for the disease, in part because, as National
Breast Cancer Coalition founder Fran Visco has stated, "[a]nimals don't
reflect the reality of cancer in humans."
If you want to donate to the fight against breast cancer,
make sure you're giving to organizations
that won't waste your money on shabby and cruel
experiments on animals.
Written by PETA
The mutilation and slaughter of 19 cats in the South Miami-Dade area of Florida has made national news recently. Now that 18-year-old Tyler Weinman has been arrested and charged in connection with the killings, an article published today points out that the accused cat killer participated in classroom dissections last year.
Fearing Weinman might be a danger to himself and/or others, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer has ordered a psychiatric evaluation—and house arrest if Weinman makes bail—noting, "I'm concerned about his safety and the safety of the community.''
Smart woman. After all, most—if not all—notorious serial killers got their start abusing animals (think Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, and the Boston Strangler, just to name a few). Heck, even the main character in Showtime's popular series Dexter is a serial killer whose first victims were animals.
Parents and educators need to be aware that classroom dissections teach students that it's OK to be cruel. Schools should instead be teaching students to respect life by teaching anatomy via any of the many humane alternatives that are available. That's why we've written to the principal of Weinman's school urging him to stop all animal dissections and replace them with non-animal learning methods, which we are offering to provide free of charge. After all, I'm sure he doesn't want to risk adding any of his students' faces to the "Most Wanted" lists of criminals who "graduated" from dissecting frogs, rats, and cats to killing and cutting up men, women, and children.
Written by Karin Bennett
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