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PETA Talks Prompt New Policy—Group to Donate More Sophisticated Teaching Tools, Including Computers, Software
For Immediate Release:February 12, 2013
Contact:Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Baltimore — When students in
Baltimore City Public Schools learn anatomy this school year, they won't risk a
failing grade for refusing to cut into a cat or a frog.
Following discussions with PETA,
the school district has adopted a progressive dissection-choice policy that will allow students to use modern teaching methods,
such as computer software, instead of animals. Baltimore City Public Schools
now joins every other district in Maryland and neighboring Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., which have such guidelines
already in place.
PETA has also donated computers
and software to the district through the group's national
educational grants program so that teachers have
access to state-of-the-art virtual dissection equipment, which has been shown
to teach anatomy better than old-fashioned animal dissection. PETA and
virtual-dissection software leader Digital Frog International will also be
offering training sessions for teachers in April.
"Students no longer have to
harden their hearts to study biology," says PETA Senior Vice President of
Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "Now, students in Baltimore
City Public Schools can choose the most sophisticated anatomy lesson available,
and no one will get hurt."
The millions of animals who are
still used in school dissection come from biological supply houses, which breed
some animals and obtain others from animal shelters or capture them in the
wild. Comparative studies show that non-animal teaching methods, such as
interactive computer programs, are more effective for teaching biology than
animal dissection. These programs also save time and money and increase student
confidence and satisfaction. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA),
the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Human Anatomy and
Physiology Society (HAPS) all endorse student dissection-choice policies.
HAPS and the NSTA also approve the use of modern non-animal methods as full replacements
for animal dissection.
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