Group Ups the Pressure on ‘Project Lead The Way’ to Cut Out Animal Dissection
For Immediate Release:
June 23, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Indianapolis – Because locally based STEM curriculum company Project Lead The Way still offers animal dissection, even though no medical schools use it to train future doctors, PETA sent a letter today to the company’s president and board chair with a sneak peek at the spoof logo the group is preparing to launch widely through ad campaigns and on social media as part of its campaign to push the company to stop promoting this archaic and cruel practice.
“Project Lead The Way continues to promote cutting up dead animals for its biomedical science curriculum, even though medical schools have long stopped the practice—and no school should support it,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “PETA’s message is that if this company truly wants to lead the way, it needs to embrace the plethora of humane teaching tools now.”
Project Lead The Way offers dissection using piglets cut from their mothers’ bodies and sheep brains, cow eyes, sheep hearts, and pig kidneys from companies that buy body parts from slaughterhouses. Studies reveal that while dissection has been shown to foster callousness toward animals and turn students off from careers in science, students who use modern, animal-free dissection methods—which the company already offers—perform better in learning assessments.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group’s letter to Project Lead The Way President and CEO Vince Bertram and Board Chair Kurt Liebich is available upon request.