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75% of Americans Support Dissection Choice

Never in history have there been more states guaranteeing a student the right to choose an alternative to dissection! Currently, 18 states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia) and Washington, DC have such laws or policies for K-12 students.

A 2014 survey conducted by Faunalytics, formerly the Humane Research Council, found even greater public support for dissection choice. It reports that more than 75% of U.S. adults believe that students should have the right to refuse to participate in animal dissection. While this is wonderful news, Animalearn aims to help ALL states enact dissection choice laws or policies to assure humane options for students seeking non-animal methods.

As part of this effort, Animalearn attends a variety of science education conferences around the country. We talk with teachers about why they use animals and what alternatives are available that can be used instead. Oftentimes, teachers are unaware that animals, like frogs, are commonly taken from the wild for use in classroom dissection. Once they learn about where the animals come from and what the options are, usually, teachers want to try an alternative.

An Animalearn survey of teachers who have borrowed items from The Science Bank, our free loan program of over 500 dissection alternatives, supports this. Our questionnaire found that 62% of the teachers who borrowed, used the products as a replacement for animals. Of those teachers, 88% felt that they were "helpful as a replacement to using animals." And 100% had favorable things to say about the dissection alternatives that were borrowed!

To see where your state stands on dissection choice, please check out our dissection legislation map.