Name: Introduction of Student Choice Bills for 2017
anticipation of the 2017 session of state legislatures, NAVS has, as part of
its CHOICE (Compassionate Humane Options
in Classroom Education) initiative, sent
letters to ALL legislators in states that do not currently have a statewide law
or policy in place that guarantees students in grades K-12 the right to use an
alternative instead of dissecting an animal in the classroom. We have
even provided them with a model bill.
There are many reasons that NAVS strongly supports the
passage of statewide student choice laws and policies. The primary one being that
students should be able to receive a humane education and spare animal lives used
Other points that are important in promoting this
While NAVS has solicited the sponsorship of thousands of legislators, what they
really need is a push from their constituents. Your legislators want to know
that you support this effort and that you are asking for this change.
Call to Action:
If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from National Anti-Vivisection Society.
Please sponsor a bill giving students a choice about dissection
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to support humane education in the classroom by introducing a bill in 2017 that will give students the right to choose to use an alternative to animal dissection exercises. While some school districts and individual schools have policies in place to permit students to opt out of dissection (and, in some cases, take part in an alternative project) without any penalty in grade, other schools do not have any such provision in place. A uniform law that sets a clear policy for students, teachers and administrators is essential in accommodating students interested in humane science as part of their education.Laws or statewide policies have been adopted in 16 states since 1988. In that time, the number of alternatives to using animals for dissection has grown, and the sophistication of these alternatives has improved enormously. In addition, online dissection programs--many of them free--provide a substantial cost savings over using traditional dissection specimens, which can be a huge boon to our schools. Many widely-available non-animal teaching methods have been recognized as being more effective and less expensive than traditional animal dissection. In a recent article published in the journal, The American Biology Teacher, a survey showed that a majority of teachers have an interest in using alternatives, and over a third of biology students preferred the use of alternatives over animal specimens. Please consider taking the lead in introducing legislation that guarantees students in our state the right to a modern and humane education. You can find a model law on student choice at http://www.animallaw.com/Model-Law-Dissection.cfm.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]