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Ask Your State Legislators to Sponsor a Humane Education Bill

Ask Your State Legislators to Sponsor a Humane Education Bill 

Name: Introduction of Student Choice Bills for 2017

In 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 for dissection. 

Other points that are important in promoting this legislation are: 

  • Modern, non-animal teaching methods (e.g., interactive computer software) are widely available and have been recognized to be more effective and less expensive than traditional animal dissection.
  • The results of an independent, nationwide survey conducted on behalf of NAVS, which were published in the National Association of Biology Teachers’ peer-reviewed journal, The American Biology Teacher, revealed that most teachers have an interest in using alternatives.  It also showed that more than a third of biology students preferred the use of alternatives over animal specimens. 
  • And most importantly, the adoption of a law or policy that mandates student choice has the potential to spare the lives of animals, reduce costs and integrate better technology in the classroom.

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:

  1. Please contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to introduce a student choice bill next year.
  2. Help spread the word! Share this page with your social network. 



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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

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]