Our Position on Classroom Dissection
An estimated 6 million animals annually are killed every year for high school classroom dissection purposes. An increasing number of parents are requiring that their children be given a choice or alternative when it comes to dissection. With today’s technology that includes 3-D models and videos, you can still learn basic anatomy without killing animals. Several states (a total of 11) now have laws that give the student the right to choose an alternative to dissection.
The dissection of cats, which are considered companion animals, is offensive to many who view them as family members. Educators who might hesitate to dissect dogs would also be wise to think twice about the dissection of cats. More people own cats than dogs nationally. Teachers who choose to allow this practice have a great responsibility to investigate these companies that provide these animals to ensure a humane life and death of animals used for science. According to our research, some of these animals are coming from foreign countries where the animals’ capture, living conditions and death may not be humane.
Bottom line is that as the study of life, biology should foster respect and compassion for animals.