Reader Opinion: Make Animal Dissection Optional for Science Students


Charlotte Woodrum (7th), Guest Writer

Did you know that twenty-four states allow for students to not dissect animals in science class for ethical reasons? Animal dissection is a problem for students who would not like to dissect animals—not necessarily because they don’t want to do the work, but for ethical reasons. Around six million animals are killed annually to be used for dissection. Animalearn argues that all that dissection teaches students is that animals are tools and are replaceable. For these reasons, I think that Westminster should have an official dissection choice policy. Many biology teachers already offer students a choice, but an official policy would better support getting dissection choice policies everywhere in Georgia.