Every year, millions of animals—including cats, pigs, turtles, and frogs—are dissected in primary schools, middle schools, and high schools and then discarded, many after suffering and dying for nothing more than to satisfy the demand for biological “specimens.”
As the "study of life," biology should foster respect and compassion for animals. Yet dissection encourages neither; animal life is devalued and treated as expendable.
However, more and more students prefer to learn anatomy and physiology using humane alternatives such as computer-based programs, 3-D models, and videos, which are also less expensive to use. Educational research shows that students using humane alternatives learn as well or better than students using animals.
You Can Help
Students and teachers can choose to use alternatives, and our Dissection Campaign Packet provides guidance and materials for students and teachers who want to create a humane biology classroom at their school.
News & Events
February 9, 2015
You can help pass laws that protect animals in your state. Humane Lobby Day is easy, fun and guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful animal activist. We'll help you find the Humane Lobby Day in your state.
March 5, 2014
Take action to help animals held in laboratories and used in harmful experiments.
December 18, 2013
Connecticut fifth-grader Jack Kealey knew he didn't want to experiment on animals in science class. So he lobbied his state lawmakers to pass a law giving students the right to choose whether or not to dissect animals.
November 13, 2013
Millions of frogs, turtles, cats, mice, rats, fish, and other animals are used in school dissection exercises every year. Yet a majority of students feel they should be given a choice or alternative when it comes to dissection. If you object to dissection, here's what you can do.
December 17, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund commend the U.S. Senate for passing S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, by voice vote.
May 29, 2015
The Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center is scheduled to close on May 31.
July 26, 2013
An official ceremonial signing was held by Gov. Dannel Malloy for the passage of “An Act Concerning Dissection Choice,” a new law requiring schools to excuse any student from participating or observing the dissection of any animal as part of classroom instruction.
June 26, 2013
The National Institutes of Health announced its intention to retire the majority of the more than 350 government-owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuary.