Tell Your Connecticut Legislator to Support Bill that Allows Students to Opt Out of Dissection
Update – July 11, 2013: Great News! Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law the Connecticut dissection choice bill. Students can now opt-out of classroom dissections and complete an animal-friendly alternative assignment instead. Thanks to all the AWI supporters in Connecticut who contacted their legislators to urge support for the bill!
June 6, 2013: AWI is pleased to report that HB 6329, An Act Concerning Dissection Choice, passed the Connecticut Senate! The bill, which passed the Connecticut House in mid-May, would give students in Connecticut the right to opt-out of animal dissections and instead complete humane, alternative assignments. HB 6329 will soon be sent to Governor Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.
Dear Humanitarians in Connecticut,
The end of another school year is nearly upon us. Sadly, over the course of the past academic year, millions of animals—including frogs, cats, rats, fetal pigs, fish and a variety of invertebrates—have been dissected in high school classrooms throughout the United States. Many Connecticut students object to dissection on moral grounds, but cannot abstain without being penalized.
HB 6329 is a bill before the Connecticut House of Representatives that if passed, would allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom with a written request. This bill has strong support from the House Joint Committee on Children and Committee on Education, but has yet to be put on the calendar.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has long worked to promote alternatives to animal dissection, as well as to support legislation that will give students the freedom to opt out of these activities.
AWI encourages the use of cost-effective, reusable dissection alternatives, including state-of-the-art computer programs and three-dimensional models that sacrifice neither animals nor quality education.
Please join AWI in helping to add Connecticut to the growing list of states, as well as the District of Columbia, that have passed similar legislation recognizing that students should have a choice when it comes to animal dissection.
What you can do:
Please take a moment to contact your state representative and urge them to call for House Bill 6329 to be added to the calendar for a vote during the current session, which ends June 5th, and to support the passage of this bill.
Please be sure to share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their representative, too.
As always, thank you very much for your help!