Proposed Law Would Ban Animal Dissection in Schools
For most kids, animal dissection is the part of science class that evokes an immediate sense of dread. State law even allows students to opt out of the practice if they morally object. But new legislation proposed by State Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) would go further than ever before, outlawing the practice of dissecting once living animals for all private and public school students in the kindergarten through 12th grades.
Animal welfare groups have long advocated for such a law. The practice of dissecting animals is unethical, unnecessary, hazardous, and arcane, they say. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is sponsoring the bill and lays out its reasons for doing so in a press release here.
Under AB 1586, students would still have the chance to learn about anatomy through the use of anatomical or digital displays. Feeling the slimy hull of a dead frog unfurl beneath a scalpel, however, would officially become a thing of the past.
Are we going soft or is this a logical step for schools in 2019?