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Models, videos , prove alternatives to dissection.




I N I 995, THE HUSU BEGAN LENDING EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS,

CD-ROMS, THREE -DIMENSIONAL MODELS, AND CHARTS TO HELP STUDENTS W HO OPPOSE DISSECTION COMPLETE THEIR CLASSES WORK AND TO ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF SUCH ALTERNATIVE TO DISSECTION IN CLASSROOMS


Since then The HSUS has loaned three hundred alternative teaching aids to dozens of students, teachers, and parents from thirty-one states and three countries. We have also introduced our Alternatives Loan Program at several science teacher conferences each year.


For students at the middle school through college level, the program currently has available more than one hundred alternatives to the use of animals for dissection and/or invasive live—animal exercises. Videos like the Cat Anatomy Instrumental Videotape Series and hi-ech CD-ROMs-—--including The Digital Frog, Dissection Works., and The Ultimate Human Body----provide exhaustive reviews of anatomy.


In all, the program offers alternatives geared to the study of fourteen species----- cat, clm, crayfish , carthworm, fetal pig, frog, grasshopper, human, perch, pigeon, rat, shark, sheep, and starfish.


A number of companies have donated materials, with a total retail value of more than $7,000, to the program. A recent grant (1997) will allow us to substantially increase our inventory and help us reach more students and educators. Many nice borowers have given financial support to the program.


Each year The HSUS counsels hundreds of students on how they can best voice their opposition to dissection and express to teachers and administrators a natural preference for alternatives. Combined with a new dissection campaign colored information packet and videotape and our recently launched e-mail discussion group, the Inter-Campus Animal Advocacy Network (1-CAAN), the Alternatives Loan Program is helping to hasten the transition toward more animal-friendly classrooms. Thank you so much for allowing me to use these materials. You helped me save the life of a cat, and I am eternally grateful. You even helped to open nay teacher’s eyes to the possibility of switching over to a non-dissection curriculum,” wrotc one student. The seventh graders who chose to use this alternative assignmcnt seemed to enjoy this program and scored at thc class, or above the class, average on the fnal exam,” observed a teacher


To learn more about our Alternatives Loan Program, contact The HSUS Animal Research Issues, 2100 L st., NW, Washington, DC 20037; ( 301 ) -258-2042; or

hsuslab@ix.netcom.com


A current list of available materials is on the HSUS Web site at:


www.hsus.org/ari.html---Jonathan
Balcombe, Ph.D.,associate director for education, Animal Research Issues..


The HSUS’s National Association for Humane and Environmcntal Education has published a booklet offering alternatives to classroom chick hatching projects . Although popular with many elementary school teachers, these projects often produce unintended suffering. For the Birds! Activities to Replace Chick Hatching in the K-6 Classroom provides fun, easy-to-rise lesson plans, with

clearly outlined objectives, skills, and procedures.


To order, send a $3.00 check or money order to NAHEE, P0. Box 362, East Hadclam, C T 06423-0362. (Add state tax if applicable.)



SOURCE:

HSUS NEWS Magazine

Fall 1998. Vol. 43 No. 4 (pg. 8)



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