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Can you help stop the gruesome dissection course currently taking place at the Governors School in Virginia? The annual Blood and Guts course, held each summer at Lynchburg College, involves the unnecessary dissection of many different animal species. Pictures from last years course show shocking images of students engaging in disturbingly inappropriate behavior toward the animals.<br><br><br><br>
The students enrolled in this course are among the brightest high school students in the state of Virginia, and many hope to pursue careers in the medical field. But instead of instilling compassion and sensitivity in these future physicians, the "Blood and Guts" course teaches students that animal dissection is a necessary part of pre-med education. It's alarming that these impressionable young people are being taught to view animals with such a lack of respect, especially when the many cost-effective, high-tech dissection alternatives now available help teach important scientific lessons as well as support compassion for animals.<br><br><br><br>
We urge you to call, e-mail, or send a letter to the following individuals as soon as possible and ask them to use modern and humane alternatives in next year's "Blood and Guts" course:<br><br><br><br>
Principal Specialist, Governors Schools and Gifted Education:<br><br><br><br>
Dr. Barbara McGonagill<br><br>
Office of Middle and High School Instruction<br><br>
Virginia Department of Education<br><br>
P. O. Box 2120<br><br>
Richmond, VA 23218-2120<br><br>
Phone: 804-225-2884<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
Director of the 2006 Governors School for Math, Science, and Technology:<br><br><br><br>
Dr. Jim Koger<br><br>
Lynchburg College<br><br>
1501 Lakeside Drive<br><br>
Lynchburg, VA 24501<br><br>
Phone: 434-544-8628<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
Governor of Virginia:<br><br><br><br>
Governor Tim Kaine<br><br>
P.O. Box 1475<br><br>
Richmond, VA 23218<br><br>
Phone: 804-786-2211<br><br>
E-mail Governor Kaine: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
Learn more about dissection alternatives. If you have any questions, please contact me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>. Thank you so much for your compassion and concern.<br><br><br><br>
Best Regards,<br><br><br><br>
Laura Yin<br><br>
Research Program Coordinator<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>

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