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Donated Dissection Software Saves Lives

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | May 28, 2014

African dwarf frogThe end of the school year is bringing a major change to Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School: Students are now being taught biology without cutting into any animals, thanks to software donated by PETA.

At the request of one of the school’s biology teachers, PETA—through its national educational grants program—has donated the popular Froguts virtual dissection software, which allows students to get a close look inside frogs, sea stars, squids, fetal pigs, and more without harming them.

Other teachers at the school were so impressed with the program that in the fall, all biology courses will be taught using the software instead of by dissecting animals. The National Science Teachers Association endorses the use of modern non-animal methods as complete replacements for animal dissection.

The millions of animals used in classroom dissections come from biological supply houses, which breed animals, or they are obtained from animal shelters or even taken from the wild.

Studies have repeatedly shown that modern methods such as interactive computer programs are equally if not more effective, save teachers time and money, and increase student confidence and satisfaction.

What You Can Do

If your school still cuts up animals in classrooms, contact PETA for free software today.