Rabbit Killing at Elementary School Brings PETA Push to End Dissection

For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2022

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Masset, B.C. – Following complaints that a Tahayghen Elementary School teacher’s guest reportedly killed and dissected a rabbit in front of horrified grade 4–7 students—prompting the school to apologize—TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division, sent a letter today to Principal Sarah Finnie offering to make it easy for her to replace dissection exercises in the curriculum with modern, animal-free teaching methods like the fabulous SynFrog simulator.

“While it’s too late to help this rabbit or erase the violence that students witnessed, this school can help ensure that rabbits or students never endure such trauma again by moving away from old-fashioned animal dissection,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “TeachKind is offering to help the school embrace modern, humane teaching tools that foster compassion and respect for life in the classroom.”

Animal-free dissection methods—such as the hands-on SynFrog or eMind, which offers in-depth anatomy studies of frogs, pigs, cats, and others—teach students that they don’t have to harm animals for dissection, a practice that fosters callousness toward animals, turns off some students from careers in science, and causes animal suffering.

TeachKind—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit TeachKind.org or follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.

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