Actor and Influencer's New PETA Ad Urges Teens to Choose Virtual Dissection Apps, Not Archaic Classroom Exercises
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Jumping into the air, influencer and actor Teala Dunn stars in a new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Take a Leap in the Right Direction—Say NO to Dissection.” And in an accompanying video spot, Dunn shows firsthand how to use one of the many high-tech virtual dissection apps that students can choose instead.
“A lot of people do not know that you can say no when it comes to dissecting animals in schools,” she says in the video. “[T]echnology has progressed so much .… There’s literally an app for everything. We need to be teaching kids kindness … and saving animals.” Dunn concludes, “So the next time you go into a classroom and they tell you to dissect a frog, please say no.”
Every year, more than 10 million animals are dissected in secondary school and college science classes. Most of them come from biological-specimen supply houses that sell piglets cut from the wombs of pigs killed in slaughterhouses and frogs taken from the wild—a practice that wreaks havoc on local ecosystems. Studies have repeatedly shown that virtual dissection is more effective in teaching biology than cutting up dead animals.
Dunn is part of a growing list of celebrities—including Bella Thorne, Amanda Cerny, Gregg Sulkin, and Noah Cyrus—who’ve teamed up with PETA or its affiliates to promote kindness to animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.