Victory! Connecticut Enacts Dissection Choice Law

Animalearn is pleased to announce that Connecticut students who care about animals now have the right to say no to dissection. In June, Connecticut legislators passed H.B. 6329, a bill requiring schools to provide students who object to dissection with an alternative assignment. The bill, championed for years by state Rep. Diana S. Urban, takes effect on July 1, 2013.

“We are overjoyed that students from K-12 in Connecticut now have the choice to opt for humane alternatives instead of dissecting animals! Animalearn has worked with many students from Connecticut including our 2012 Humane Student of the Year Jasmine Caruk, who courageously provided testimony at one of the bill hearings regarding this legislation,” said Animalearn Director Nicole Green.

Here is an excerpt of Jasmine’s testimony: As a former biology student, I was lucky enough to have the option to opt out of a cat dissection. Just the thought of cutting open an animal was no different than my beloved feline companions at home and was enough to make my stomach churn. Something about causing death to study life just didn’t seem right to me.

All Connecticut students will now have the option to use some of the advanced alternatives like Digital Frog, Froguts, and Biolab Cat in their biology classes.

Connecticut joins 15 other states including, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont, that give students the right to opt out of dissection labs and instead choose humane alternatives.

Animalearn, the educational division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), works with educators, students, and others to achieve quality humane science education without the harmful use of animals. Animalearn's free loan program, The Science Bank, is the largest lending program in the U.S. and offers humane science products that enable educators to teach and students to learn anatomy, physiology, and psychology lessons without harming animals. For more information visit

Facts about Dissection

  • By choosing to use technology schools can save animal lives.
  • Humane alternatives are environmentally friendly because they can be used over and over again.
  • Research shows dissection alternatives are just as effective as teaching with animals.
  • Purchasing innovative life science software and models can save schools a significant amount of money.

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