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Top ten alternatives to dissection resources

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Thanks to the technology era, there are now many alternatives to dissection that teachers can use in their biology and science classes that don't require the use of real animals. These teaching aids are available in the form of CD-ROMs, software, models, videos, and anatomy charts. The following is a list of companies that offer humane alternatives to dissection. It is preferable for many vegetarian and vegan students, as well as sustainable organizations to order from these companies in lieu of purchasing (which thereby caused the death of, and created more demand for) dead animals.

Digital Frog:
Producers of award-winning natural science software

Virtual dissection of a frog without the smell, mess, or expense.

Software for virtual dissection of frogs, cats, pigs, earthworms, rats, fish, and crustaceans.

Science Class:
A wide variety of programs to virtually discover and dissect animals.

Ventura Educational Systems:
Offers products from other companies suitable for use in biology and science classes.

Top Ten Free Resources:

1.  Objecting to Dissection by the National Anti-Vivisection Society:               

2.  Passing a Student Choice Policy by the National Anti-Vivisection Society:  

3.  Dissection Alternatives from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: 

 4.  National Anti-Vivisection Society website:                                                               

5.  Animals in Education from The Humane Society of the U.S.:                               

6.  InterNICHE - the International Network for Humane Education:                

7. The Humane Society of the United States' Humane Education Loan Program Offers middle schools, high schools, and universities alternatives to class-room animal dissection and live animal experimentation, and encourages the adoption of humane alternatives in the classroom.  

8.  The National Anti-Vivisection Society's Dissection Alternative Loan Program Provides students and educators with effective state-of-the-art alternative models and computer programs to substitute for the use of once-live animals in classroom dissection exercises.                             

9.  The Ethical Science and Education Coalition's Loan Library Contains more than 400 books, 200 videos, and dozens of models of computer programsavailable for use.               

10.  The Animal Learn Science Bank offers innovative software and educational products to educators and students interested in trying alternative methods to dissection.         

Because an animal can be dissected only once, new specimens must be reordered year after year, while models, videos, charts and CDs can be used again and again. For reasons why dissection alternatives are preferable and more sustainable than traditional dissection, please visit:


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