Home Breaking News Groundbreaking Bill Introduced to Ban Animal Dissection in CA Schools

Groundbreaking Bill Introduced to Ban Animal Dissection in CA Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California could become the first state in the nation to ban the dissection of animals in K-12 schools if a bill just introduced in the state Legislature were to pass. 

Assembly Bill 1586, called the Replacing Animals in Science Education (or RAISE) Act would encourage schools to adopt newer teaching methods such as 3-D computer modeling programs to teach biology. Shalin Gala, vice president for International Laboratory Methods with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said animals aren’t a mere classroom tool and should be treated humanely.

“Animals killed for classroom dissections do not die of natural causes, and the vast majority are not killed painlessly,” Gala said. “Biological supply companies are not in the business of protecting animals from pain and suffering. They only care about selling as many dead animals as possible, not about making sure those animals were treated humanely while they were alive.”

Many science teachers say dissection is an important tool to teach anatomy, and biological supply companies say they follow strict procedures to reduce animals’ suffering. 

There are 6.2 million children in K-12 schools in California. PETA estimates millions of cats, dogs, frogs, fetal pigs, grasshoppers, mink, earthworms, rats, mice, pigeons and turtles are dissected in American schools each year. Gala noted the formaldehyde used to preserve most animals is a human carcinogen and is listed as a toxic substance under California’s Prop 65.

“Superior non-animal teaching tools are readily available,” Gala said. “And they can prepare our students for higher education, or even a career as a board-certified physician, without ever having to cut apart a frog, a pig, a cat or any other sentient individual.”

California is one of 18 states that allow students with an ethical objection to request an alternate assignment. Gala said American medical schools no longer use animal dissection in their curricula, but many veterinary schools still perform surgery on healthy live animals and use dead specimens for dissection.

Must Read

OSCAR-WINNING-COSTUME DESIGNER ORRY-KELLY’S JOURNEY FROM DOWN UNDER TO HOLLYWOOD BROUGHT TO LIFE AT THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD

Australia's Orry-Kelly was born in a small town in New South Wales called Kiawa, famed for its blowhole. The only child of an alcoholic...

NEIL SIMON’S MUSICAL FOOLS AT ATWATER VILLAGE THEATER

There is an old adage that "a fool and his money are soon parted." Still, if you want to have an evening of unparalleled...

GROVES CABIN THEATRE OF MORONGO VALLEY KICKS OFF 2019/2020 SEASON

“Educating Rita”, is a two character 1980 British comedy written by Willy Russell who was willing to poke his thumb into eyes of the...

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL COMEDY “ALMOST FAMOUS” SOARS AT SAN DIEGO’s OLD GLOBE THEATRE

There is very little anyone or anything can do to stop an idea whose time has come.  In the world of music, styles, beats, tempos,...

A KID LIKE JAKE SHOOTS AN ARROW INTO THE HEART OF GENDER-FLUIDITY WITH WRENCHING RESULTS

Six years ago, the terms "cis-gender" or "non-binary" were not part of the American vernacular. However, as more attention is being paid to making...
%d bloggers like this: