Alternatives to dissection teach as much |

Alternatives to dissection teach as much

Paula Moore, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Please allow me to respond to your recent article about dissection (“When science gets exciting,” May 30). Many young people think it’s wrong to kill and cut up animals for classroom projects – and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) thinks they should have the right to an education that doesn’t violate their ethical beliefs.

Millions of animals – everything from frogs to dogs – are killed every year to be used in biology and anatomy classes. Some of them could be lost or stolen companion animals.

When PETA went undercover at one of the nation’s largest suppliers of animals for dissection, our investigator was told by his supervisor that some of the cats killed there were companion animals who had “escaped” from their homes.

Sadly, some biology teachers cling to the outdated notion there’s just “no substitute” for dissection. But in every study conducted on the subject, students who used alternatives to dissection learned and retained as much – or more – information about biology as their dissecting counterparts.

Biology class doesn’t have to be a funeral. Today, there are hundreds of computer programs, laser discs and models that offer educators and students a humane alternative to “the real thing.”

For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site

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