Handbook Designed Around A-Level Biology Syllabus Details Modern and Humane Non-Animal Teaching Methods

London – Just in time for the new school year, PETA is promotingHumane Alternatives to Animal Dissection: A Practical Guide to Cutting Out Dissection, its new handbook aimed primarily at A-level biology teachers. The comprehensive guide outlines many of the modern, educationally effective non-animal methods that can help teachers deliver practical and relevant anatomy lessons without having to take a scalpel to any animals.

“Crude animal dissection exercises have no place in the modern classroom,” says PETA Science Policy Adviser Dr Julia Baines. “PETA’s guide to humane alternatives to dissection will help educators use ground-breaking interactive software and other teaching methods that both spare animals’ lives and provide students with a superior learning experience.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that many of the organs dissected in classrooms come from animals who were raised on cramped, filthy factory farms, where they are often denied proper veterinary care and may be killed while they’re still conscious. Cadavers may also be obtained from biological supply companies, which typically keep animals in barren cages for the entirety of their short lives. Non-animal teaching methods such as interactive computer programs and sophisticated simulators have been shown to teach biology better than animal-based methods do, and they enable teachers to discuss ethics and the value of other living beings’ lives, helping students become compassionate, well-rounded young adults.

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