Froggipedia, a virtual-dissection app available on iTunes, has just been named Apple’s iPad App of the Year!
This is huge news for animals. Dissecting actual animals in classrooms is a cruel, archaic, and pointless method of exploring their anatomies. Frogs are taken from their natural homes, transported across long distances, and killed so that they can be used for classroom dissection. But Froggipedia’s epic popularity is proof that more and more teachers, students, and parents alike want nothing to do with cutting apart dead animals.
Froggipedia—created by Indian company Designmate—lets users virtually dissect 3D frogs. PETA is honoring Designmate with a Compassionate Company Award.
Thanks to the app, students can learn everything there is to know about these complex, sensitive animals’ organs and bodily structure without causing them any harm. Without innovative tools like Froggipedia, dead animals are brought into classrooms in pails or bags filled with chemicals, splayed open on a tray, and cut apart by impressionable and naturally compassionate students.
Dissecting animal corpses is an antiquated technique that originated during a time when humans knew very little about the insides of animals. With cutting-edge, non-animal dissection tools like Froggipedia, it’s indefensible for teachers to continue to sanction cutting open animals’ bodies.
“This app would have been a perfect substitution for an actual dissection,” said a former fifth-grade teacher of Froggipedia. “Teachers out there—load it onto a few iPads to use during stations. … Love this.”
“This needed to exist when I was young and in school! I have a 6-year-old now, and watching her eyes when she can see and interact with the frog is amazing!” gushed one Froggipedia-using parent.
If you haven’t downloaded Froggipedia to your phone or tablet, do it! Even if you’re not a student, you’ll love learning about the life cycle of frogs and the complex structure of the animals’ anatomy.
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