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The Environmental Impact of Dissection

Millions of animals are killed for classroom dissection each year so that students from elementary through high school, and beyond, can learn anatomy. Not only is this cruel and unnecessary, but it is not an environmentally sound practice.

Problems

Ecosystem Impact

Many of the frogs used for dissection are wild caught, disrupting the balance of ecosystems. Purpose-bred frogs are raised in conditions that facilitate disease, which can spread to fragile wild amphibian populations. Animalearn found that over 900,000 frogs were taken from the wild in Mexico for use in U.S. science classes.

Toxic Chemicals

The chemical compounds used to preserve animal specimens often contain formaldehyde, a "hazardous air pollutant, water pollutant, and waste constituent," according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chemical production, the preserving process, and disposal of both chemicals and animal remains can contaminate water and soil and potentially harm wildlife and humans.

Wastefulness

Millions of animals are shipped to schools to be used just one time in the classroom. Next year, millions more will again meet the same fate.

Health Hazards

The preservative formaldehyde can be linked to cancers of the throat, lungs, and nasal passages, especially with prolonged or repeated exposure. Children may be more susceptible to the respiratory effects of formaldehyde than adults, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Solution

Use an economical Green Science Curriculum that incorporates alternatives to dissection and teaches young people to respect living things, the importance of wildlife conservation, and environmental protection.

By making the choice to use green alternatives to animal dissection, you are helping to make a positive impact on our environment. Animalearn's free loan program, The Science Bank, is your #1 resource for dissection alternatives that can be used in your classroom to nurture an appreciation for wildlife and the environment.


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