The Connecticut Senate has before it HB 6329 , An Act Concerning Dissection Choice, which would allow students to opt out of dissecting animals in class without being penalized for choosing not to participate in such activities.
Classes that dissect or otherwise use animals may be teaching important critical problem solving skills; yet, at the same time, they may be inadvertently teaching a lack of reverence and respect for all life. Because they dissect animals in school laboratories, some students may be learning that nonhuman animals are nothing more than tools to advance their knowledge. Is that what we want our science classes teaching our children?
An estimated 6 million animals are dissected in school science classes yearly. Include all the animals used in experiments at science fairs, in after-school science clubs, and in 4-H projects, among other animal-related science projects and the number continues upward. Frogs are often the animal of choice for classroom dissection, but they are not the only ones: cats, mice, rats, fetal pigs, birds, bats, fish, reptiles, and others also find themselves the victims of classroom dissection.
In some states, student choice laws have been enacted. These laws give students the right to refuse to participate in classroom activities, particularly dissection, that cause harm to animals. Under these laws, students cannot be penalized for choosing not to participate in either hands-on activities or observations of animal dissections.
Connecticut residents, urge your senators to vote in favor of this bill that offers students a compassionate choice.