For far too many years, in far too many classrooms, the teaching methods of well-intentioned but misguided educators have been scarred by a tragic, fundamental flaw.
While trying to ignite students’ passion for scientific discovery, many teachers have overlooked instilling students with a compassion for living things. In the process, the welfare of the animals used in classrooms has been all but disregarded. The result? All too often, in being complicit in the abuse and suffering, young students become callously indifferent to the fact that animals share the same emotions, feel the same attachments, suffer the same pains and experience fear just like human beings. In short, students learn the lesson that animals’ lives are expendable.
That’s why, since 1929, the sole mission of the National Anti-Vivisection Society has been to address the moral blight that is animal experimentation in all its forms, and why today NAVS stands as a trusted authority on sensible, scientifically sound alternatives to animal use in in the classroom.
NAVS – working alongside other non-profit organizations and rational, compassionate supporters like you – has been a key force in changing minds and hearts. So much so that today, 90% of all U.S. medical schools (including Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Stanford and Yale) have completely abandoned animal labs and replaced them with more modern, cost-effective and humane alternatives.
Veterinary science, too, is joining the movement. For example, in 2003, Western University of Health Sciences founded the College of Veterinary Medicine, the very first veterinary school in the nation to institute a curriculum in which no animals are harmed or killed.
NAVS’ sponsorship of science fairs further underscores our support of humane education. NAVS publicly recognizes and celebrates the achievements of students who advance science by using alternatives to animal experimentation. We also promote the use of dissection alternatives through our free BioLEAP lending library.
Alternatives to Animal Dissection
Objecting to Dissection Student Choice Tool Kit