Letter-Writing Tips

The Physicians Committee

Letter-Writing Tips

Please be polite. Courtesy makes people more likely to listen.

Keep your letter short. Although you may be tempted to list all the concerns regarding dissection, stick to just one or two key points. Here are some topics you may want to discuss:

Psychological Impact
Educational Benefits of Alternatives
Animal Welfare
Environmental Concerns
Chemical Exposure to Students

Include your full name and address. If you're writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper, you should also include your daytime phone number.

Don't send your letter as an e-mail attachment. Because attachments may carry computer viruses, many people won't open them. Instead, paste or type your letter into the body of the e-mail message.

We all make mistakes. Catch errors by using your computer's spell check and reading over the letter before you send it.