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Dissection Campaign Packet
The Humane Society of the United States has created a dissection
campaign packet for students of high school age and younger. The aim of this project is to
help you to inform teachers, students, and other members of the public about the
dissection issue and the need to replace the practice of killing and cutting up animals
for education with effective, humane alternatives. Some of the materials in this packet
are listed below, with suggestions on ways to use them:
The HSUS Videotape on Dissection is a useful tool to help you introduce other people to
the dissection issue. Among the audiences you might seek to show the video to are
Parent/Teacher Associations (PAS), student groups, and state legislators.
"Dissection: Want to Know a Simple Way to Say No Way?" explains the issue in
a nutshell, and gives you ideas for proceeding with your own campaign to change things at
your local school.
"Alternatives to Dissection: Borrow Them and Save!" lists the more than 100
dissection alternatives available for loan from The HSUS at no expense (save return
postage) to the borrower. The more teachers and students aware of this program, the
"How to Write a Letter to the Editor or to a PTA" gives you helpful hints on
getting your message to a greater number of people. Sample letters are enclosed.
The sample state choice-in-dissection law (Pennsylvania) and County policy (Prince
Georges County, Maryland) are good tools for drafting your own version to pass on to an
animal-friendly legislator or school administrator.
"Humane Science Projects" gives teachers or students ideas for science fairs
or other independent science projects. Teachers find it a highly useful resource.
These materials will assist you--whether you are working on your own or with others--in
mounting a campaign to either 1) replace dissection with humane alternatives at your
school, or 2) enact policies granting students the right to choose humane alternatives to
dissection. They will also help you to foster public awareness in your community about the
problems inherent in killing animals for education.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a dissection campaign packet, or write to us at The HSUS, 2100 L Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20037.