Points to Consider

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Points to Consider

A List of Points to Consider

  • All life is important and deserves to be respected. It is unethical to harm and kill animals.
  • Many animals are caught or bred and then killed just to be used in classrooms. They suffer inhumane treatment during every step of this process: the capture, transport, handling, raising, and killing for dissection. Others are the “byproducts” of cruel industries, such as meat and fur, and dissecting animals from these sources supports those industries.
  • Dissection harms the environment. Many species are taken from the wild, which negatively affects natural populations and ecosystems.
  • There are many excellent alternatives to dissection that have been shown to teach as well or better than dissection. Animal use is unnecessary.
  • Dissection has a negative psychological impact on young people. Studies have shown that dissection can desensitize some students, fostering attitudes of indifference and callousness toward animals. Many other students find dissection to be so profoundly upsetting, that they are deterred from pursuing science further.
  • Biology classes should promote environmental stewardship and compassion for life, but dissection teaches neither. Dissection sends the harmful message that animal life is expendable.