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As School District Faces Tax Increases and Teacher Layoffs, PETA Offers to Raise Funds With Ad Reminding Students of Right to Choose Not to Dissect
For Immediate Release:May 12, 2011
Contact:Kristin Richards 202-483-7382
Kutztown, Penn. — Today, PETA sent a letter to Nicholas Lazo
Jr., superintendent of the Kutztown Area School District, with an offer that
the group hopes he won't refuse: Allow PETA to place its ad promoting
alternatives to dissection on Kutztown Area High School students' lockers, and
in return, PETA will pay the district hard cash to help counter their budget
ad features an image of a rat and reads, "Stop School Violence. Do
Your Homework—Choose Not to Dissect." If the school district prefers, PETA
will provide it with free Digital Frog virtual-dissection software instead of
"Encouraging students to cut up animals who often
suffer a terrifying and painful death teaches them that the lives of others
don't matter," says executive vice president of PETA—and mother—Tracy
Reiman. "Our offer is a win-win solution: The school district would receive
needed funding, and students would receive invaluable lessons in compassion,
student rights, and good science."
Several species of animals—including rats, pigeons, and
fetal pigs—are regularly dissected in Kutztown Area High School's biology
classes. Each year in the U.S., an estimated 10 million animals are killed for
dissection. Many come from biological supply houses, which breed some animals
and obtain others from their homes in the wild. These companies also purchase
stray, lost, and abandoned dogs and cats from animal shelters or from
"bunchers"—dealers who illicitly obtain animals from backyards and
streets in the U.S. and Mexico.
Non-animal teaching methods such as the use of interactive
computer programs have been shown to teach biology as well as, and in many
cases better than, animal-based methods. They also save time and money. The
National Science Teachers Association's official position statement endorses
the use of modern non-animal methods as replacements for animal dissection and
encourages teachers to be responsive to students' ethical concerns.
For more information,
please visit PETA.org.
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