Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, CA won’t be dissecting frogs in their science labs any longer.
The high school is the first in the country to accept a challenge by the Animal Welfare Institute to use an alternative method called Digital Frog 2.5.
The Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit organization that has been “working to alleviate animal suffering” for the past 60 years, has partnered with Digital Frog International in a contest organized by Save the Frogs.
The contest called, “Race to Stop Dissections” asks students and teachers to get their schools and school districts to stop frog dissection programs.
The first 25 schools that accept the challenge will receive Digital Frog 2.5, which was voted the best dissection alternative program by eSchool News.
Digital Frog 2.5 is an interactive virtual dissection program that allows students to learn about anatomy without taking the life of a real animal.
In addition to receiving Digital Frog 2.5, one school will also win cash prizes and have Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of Save the Frogs speak at their school. Save the Frogs hopes to have every school in the U.S. stop frog dissection programs by 2014.
“AWI commends Rancho Verde High School for abandoning its dissection program and using dissection alternatives to teach biology. This type of animal-friendly education is more humane, more effective, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and does not teach students to rationalize the unjustified killing of animals,” said AWI President, Cathy Liss.
According to AWI,
Investigations into the capture, transport, warehousing and killing of animals destined for dissection show that the procurement of animals for dissection causes unnecessary suffering and death. Millions of frogs are taken from wetland habitats, piled into sacks and inhumanely killed by immersion in preservative. Frog populations are rapidly disappearing worldwide and the use of frogs for dissection is a contributor in many parts of the world. Frogs play a crucial role in wetland habitats, both as consumers of insects and as food for other species, and their extinctions can wreak havoc on entire ecosystems.
AWI reported that many teachers are questioning the value of dissection programs when modern technology can do the job and help students appreciate the role animals play in our world.
Cats, fetal pigs, grasshoppers, earthworms, mink, rats, mice, dogs pigeons and turtles are also used in school dissection programs.
AWI invites all high schools to take the challenge and stop dissection programs. The Race to Stop Dissections runs until December 1, 2011. Contest rules can be found at Save the Frogs/Dissections.
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