Our children love animals. Should they be forced to dissect?
Do you want your child to refuse to dissect a rat, cat, fetal pig, or any other animal in school?
Unfortunately in Wisconsin there is no policy or law granting your child the right to opt out of dissection and instead use computer models or other means of learning the material.
Read: New Dissection Policy for Madison Metropolitan School District
Over half of our 50 states have policies stating that students have the right to refuse to dissect. Among them are our neighbors to the north, south, and east:
Minnesota students have the right to refuse to dissect.
Michigan students have the right to refuse to dissect.
“The Michigan State Board of Education recognizes that a growing number of students have moral, ethical, religious, or other objections to animal dissection and that modern nonanimal teaching methods (e.g., interactive computer software) are available. … [T]o accommodate these students and create an inclusive learning environment, any K-12 student who objects to dissecting animals or animal parts should be permitted to opt out of dissection activities without fear of reprisal.”
Illinois students have the right to refuse to dissect.
Wisconsin has no laws to protect our children from being subjected to inhumane dissection. Let us know if you want some help organizing at your school.