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<div class="quote-block">WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven California schools have accepted a challenge by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to discontinue all animal dissections and lead the way to animal-friendly science education. Rancho Verde High School, Woodside School, Valley High School, Aviva High School, Amelia Earhart Middle School, Glendale Adventist Elementary, and Southwestern Academy are the first schools to commit to halting dissection programs for a minimum of five years and use dissection alternatives instead.<br><br>
AWI has partnered with Digital Frog International to provide a full Digital Frog 2.5 (voted BEST dissection alternative by eSchool News readers) license to the first 25 schools that commit to end all animal dissections. The offer is open to all North American schools.<br><br>
"I suspended the practice for two main reasons: 1) given our student population (special education), using sharp knives and pins was too dangerous; and 2) our students raised personal concerns about hurting animals," said Principal Sinead Coleman from Aviva High School. "I look forward to the opportunity to expose our students to a safe and humane way to learn about other living creatures."<br><br>
Kevin Stipp, assistant principal at Rancho Verde, the first school to make the commitment, said, "With finances being the way they are, we felt that this was going to be a good opportunity. It's as much about the species as about saving cost." The school normally spends almost $7,000 on 30 frog kits to be shared between 1,225 biology students over a five year period. The Digital Frog 2.5 license, which the school is getting for free, costs under $900 and every student can dissect his/her own virtual frog.<br><br>
Cats, frogs, fetal pigs, earthworms, rats, dogs, pigeons and turtles are just some of the many animals used in school dissection projects. Investigations have shown that the procurement of animals for dissection causes unnecessary suffering and death. Millions of frogs are inhumanely captured and killed by immersion in preservative. Frog populations are disappearing worldwide and the use of frogs for dissection is contributing to this decline.<br><br>
"Studies have shown that virtual dissection is a more effective teaching tool than hands-on dissection," said AWI President Cathy Liss. "Through this challenge, we hope to encourage compassion and a respect for life, while providing students the opportunity to receive quality science education."<br><br>
AWI and Digital Frog International support the Race to Stop Dissections, initiated by Save the Frogs!, and encourage other schools to join in. Visit <a href="http://www.awionline.org/stopdissections" target="_blank">www.awionline.org/stopdissections</a>.</div>
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Read more: <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/03/3674803/california-schools-leading-race.html#ixzz1OEYpEf36" target="_blank">http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/03/367...#ixzz1OEYpEf36</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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That is AWESOME to hear! I think I might send that article and the AWI link to the schools around here...
 

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Thats awesome, I hope one day all dissection assignments in schools are done with computers and non-real digital animals. I love the OP's avatar by the way.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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That's great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I live in Cali, and my teacher made me do the dissection. The last day, she wanted us to decapitate our pig. The others in my group did, but I felt sick so I went to the corner of the room and cried. Everywhere I looked in the room, there were pig heads and people were digging to the brain. My teacher said I wasn't participating and I told her I was vegan and didn't want to do the dissection. I identified the anatomy to get my points and let the other three in my group do the cutting and beheading, but apparently that wasn't enough. Still, I don't know what she did to my grade after that, because once she put the assignment in my grade went from a 115.37% to a 101.02%. When I asked her why, she said it was because of the pig dissection and my lack of participation in it. When she first said I had to do the dissection, I didn't argue much more because I want to be a vet and I decided to look at it as educational and not start a big debate with the school. It was obvious, though, when we skinned and beheaded our pig, that it definitely wasn't just educational, and everyone seemed to think the dissection was a fun privelege. After completing the awful dissection, I really hope <i>all</i> schools stop dissections in the near future, but it doesn't look like it'll be soon enough when my California school doesn't even follow California law to respect students' wishes to not dissect.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>disney.jessica</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2906476"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I live in Cali, and my teacher made me do the dissection. The last day, she wanted us to decapitate our pig. The others in my group did, but I felt sick so I went to the corner of the room and cried. Everywhere I looked in the room, there were pig heads and people were digging to the brain. My teacher said I wasn't participating and I told her I was vegan and didn't want to do the dissection. I identified the anatomy to get my points and let the other three in my group do the cutting and beheading, but apparently that wasn't enough. Still, I don't know what she did to my grade after that, because once she put the assignment in my grade went from a 115.37% to a 101.02%. When I asked her why, she said it was because of the pig dissection and my lack of participation in it. When she first said I had to do the dissection, I didn't argue much more because I want to be a vet and I decided to look at it as educational and not start a big debate with the school. It was obvious, though, when we skinned and beheaded our pig, that it definitely wasn't just educational, and everyone seemed to think the dissection was a fun privelege. After completing the awful dissection, I really hope <i>all</i> schools stop dissections in the near future, but it doesn't look like it'll be soon enough when my California school doesn't even follow California law to respect students' wishes to not dissect.</div>
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I can't believe she made you do it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> You had a thread about this, right? Have you tried going to the principal?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>disney.jessica</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2906476"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I live in Cali, and my teacher made me do the dissection. The last day, she wanted us to decapitate our pig. The others in my group did, but I felt sick so I went to the corner of the room and cried. Everywhere I looked in the room, there were pig heads and people were digging to the brain. My teacher said I wasn't participating and I told her I was vegan and didn't want to do the dissection. I identified the anatomy to get my points and let the other three in my group do the cutting and beheading, but apparently that wasn't enough. Still, I don't know what she did to my grade after that, because once she put the assignment in my grade went from a 115.37% to a 101.02%. When I asked her why, she said it was because of the pig dissection and my lack of participation in it. When she first said I had to do the dissection, I didn't argue much more because I want to be a vet and I decided to look at it as educational and not start a big debate with the school. It was obvious, though, when we skinned and beheaded our pig, that it definitely wasn't just educational, and everyone seemed to think the dissection was a fun privelege. After completing the awful dissection, I really hope <i>all</i> schools stop dissections in the near future, but it doesn't look like it'll be soon enough when my California school doesn't even follow California law to respect students' wishes to not dissect.</div>
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Is that a private school? Public schools in California should have policies in place to work with students who object to certain instructional activities on moral or religious grounds. Private schools are another matter and you are pretty much at their mercy.<br><br>
This link might have some relevant info regarding students and dissection:<br><a href="http://www.petakids.com/disindex.asp" target="_blank">http://www.petakids.com/disindex.asp</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sequoia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2906567"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I can't believe she made you do it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> You had a thread about this, right? Have you tried going to the principal?</div>
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I did have a thread about this. I didn't go to the principal because I decided I'd do the dissection at first so I could prepare to train as a vet, since I'll need to do dissections in veterinary school, and I didn't go to the principal later when I got in trouble for not skinning or decapitating because my teacher said I'd get a suspension for defiance. Since my grade was still an A+ I didn't want to make a huge deal out of it. There's no other vegetarians or vegans in my school so I don't think they've ever encountered someone who doesn't want to dissect, because, again, she treated this like it was a big privilege, like watching a movie or something.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mojo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2906681"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Is that a private school? Public schools in California should have policies in place to work with students who object to certain instructional activities on moral or religious grounds. Private schools are another matter and you are pretty much at their mercy.<br><br>
This link might have some relevant info regarding students and dissection:<br><a href="http://www.petakids.com/disindex.asp" target="_blank">http://www.petakids.com/disindex.asp</a></div>
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It's a public school, and there are laws in California that students do not need to participate in actual dissection of an animal. When my teacher refused to let me out of the dissection and have me do a virtual one or essay instead, I printed out a paper with the actual law but she still refused, and said if I had a problem she'd send me to the suspension room the week of the dissection, be punished by the principal, and they'd tell my parents I was defiant, tried to bribe a teacher, and yelled at a teacher, and all this would also be seen by colleges on my transcripts. I'm not sure if they can't actually do that, but I didn't want to take my chances and start a fight with the school or anything. I didn't try to "bribe" the teacher, unless she thought that's what I was doing when I showed her the law and offered to take a written test, do an assignment, virtual dissection, etc., as bribing somehow. I wasn't yelling, either, of course. I talked to her quietly and politely after school a few days before the dissection, I would never have an attitude with a teacher and I wouldn't have even made a special request to get out of the dissection if I didn't strongly feel against it and uncomfortable with it. Ive has similar experiences with dissecting a frog in seventh grade a couple years ago, with a different teacher, and even in a completely different district in a school hat was an hour and a half from my current school.
 

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Promising news on a hard-to-budge animal issue.
 

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Thats awesome, I hope one day all dissection assignments in schools are done with computers and non-real digital animals. I love the OP's avatar by the way.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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lol, thanks Twilight Sparkle!
 

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I am so happy to hear it, such an improvement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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