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Refusing to do your schoolwork can get the
average kid grounded. But when your mom is Jamie Lee Curtis and the
assignment is dissection, you can breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, Jamie
Lee is so happy that her daughter, Annie, is an animal rights activist
that she bragged about it on TV!
Jamie Lee has decorated her new car with a “Proud Parent of a
Student Who Won’t Dissect” bumper sticker from PETA in celebration of “Cut
Out Dissection” Month, which is observed every October. Jamie Lee knows
that students don’t need to kill frogs to learn about life. She also wants
parents to know that they don’t have to stress over whether Junior’s
education will suffer if he says, “No, thanks,” to dissection.
For Annie, a staunch vegan, dissecting
a frog never entered her mind. “It’s just something I could never, ever
do,” she says. “I love animals. I’ll never hurt them.” Annie dodges dairy
products, leather, and cosmetics tested on animals. She’s also the reason
why mom Jamie Lee is quick to point out that any fur trim on her clothes
Compassion runs in the family. Annie’s
grandmother, Psycho star Janet Leigh, spoke up for fish last year,
joining PETA’s campaign to ask the U.S. Park Service to ban fishing in
NOT IN THIS
countries, including Argentina, Switzerland, Norway, the
Netherlands, and Denmark, have banned school dissection, and
most other countries do not require it. In the U.S., many
states, including Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and New
York, have enacted laws giving students the right to refuse to
Studies have shown that modern computer programs and anatomically
correct models teach just as much as poking around in a stinky,
Millions of animals are dissected in
schools every year, including frogs, cats, dogs, pigs, mice, rabbits,
fish, and worms. And they don’t die of “natural causes.” Frogs are
snatched from ponds and streams. Cats may come from animal dealers,
breeders, thieves, and even “free to a good home” ads. PETA’s undercover
investigation at one biological supply company found live animals being
kicked and jabbed, a drowned rabbit, and cats and rats injected with
formaldehyde while they were still moving.
|Fear not! Even
if you’re faced with a Triassic teacher,you can still be a frog’s
best bud. Call the NAVS Dissection Hotline at 1-800-922-FROG,or
contact PETA’s Literature Department for a free “Cut Out Dissection”
pack that’s loaded with mind-boggling facts. Ask for details about
our hurl-inducing video “Classroom Cut-Ups,” which includes footage
taken undercover at a biological supply company. Show it to
teachers, students, the school board–whoever will
Order a “proud parent” bumper sticker for your mom and
dad to slap on the back of the
advice columnist Brandon Brooks (who stars as “Murray” on the
hit show Malibu, Ca.) answers your questions about
sticky animal issues.|
uncle wants to take me on a deer-hunting trip. I don’t want to
kill animals, but he says we have to or they’ll starve. Is
Trevor F., Burlington, Vt.
number one problem with hunters is that they aren’t really
interested in thinning the herd–actually, they’re trying to do
the opposite. “Buck-only” hunts (that leave lots of does
around to have more babies), clear-cutting forests and
planting corn, and killing deer’s natural predators like
wolves and coyotes are all intended to create more targets for
hunters, not save deer from starvation.
If your uncle really wants
to help hungry animals, he’d put down his gun and support
efforts like the one in Gaithersburg, Md., where deer are
given birth control–and fewer die of starvation or
friend taught his iguana to walk on his hind legs. Where can I
find an iguana like that?
Ashley M., Knoxville,
Animals are not wind-up toys. If you are looking
for entertainment, go out and buy yourself a Furby. If you are
looking for companionship, go to the animal shelter. But do
not, I repeat, do not run out and snag an animal because it’s
“cool” or your friend has one.
Animals are more than just
conversation pieces. They need balanced diets, veterinary
care, toys, treats, supplies, and most important, lots of TLC.
“Exotic” animals can also come with unexpected surprises.
Pot-bellied pigs often top the scales at more than 200 pounds!
Many birds bite or screech loudly (their natural way of
“chatting” over jungle miles). Snakes, lizards, turtles, and
other reptiles often carry salmonella bacteria, which can
spread to humans.
Of course, most owners of
exotic animals will never face such problems, because their
“pets” will be dead in a matter of weeks. Why? Because they
didn’t bother to read up on care and feeding before they
plunked down their moolah on the latest “fad.”
Ashley, if you really have
the time, energy, and patience to devote to an animal, pass up
the pet shops and head straight for the local humane society.
Across the country, millions of wonderful cats and dogs–some
abandoned by people looking for more “funky” or “hip”
animals–are literally dying to be someone’s friend.
Beastie Boy Michael Diamond–aka
Mike D–isn’t beastly in our book: The rockin’ rapper is a vegetarian!
You don’t need to
be a rock star to “wrap,” though. In fact, anybody can do it right in
their own kitchen! Wraps are the latest twist on sandwiches. Just take
some large tortillas, fresh veggies, beans or mock meats, and your
favorite toppings, and you’re ready to “wrap and roll.” Look for
animal-friendly foods like vegan cream cheese and vegetarian deli slices
at your local health food store or in the natural foods section of a
three of our faves:
“Tofurky” Dinner to Go
Spread a thin layer of Tofutti Better Than Cream
Cheese on a wheat tortilla. Top with Tofurky Deli Slices, cranberry sauce
(optional), and raw spinach leaves. Roll up and eat.
together a few tablespoons of refried beans or bean dip and mild salsa.
Spread on a wheat or corn tortilla. Top with shredded lettuce and soy
“cheeze” (such as Mexican-style VeganRella). Roll up and eat.
thin layer of Nayonaise (vegan mayonnaise) on a wheat tortilla. Top with a
variety of grated or sliced veggies, such as carrots, scallions, zucchini,
raw sweet potatoes, lettuce, and avocado. Season with a squirt of lime
juice. Roll up and eat.