Give Students a CHOICE Not to Dissect


Each year, students across the U.S. are faced with the ethical decision of whether or not to participate in classroom dissection activities on animal specimens or body parts. Some students are being asked to take part in such activities as early as 3rd grade.

NAVS holds that students should be able to receive a humane education that does not exploit animals via dissection and has long advocated for statewide laws or school board policies. In recent years, we launched the CHOICE (Compassionate Humane Options in Classroom Education) initiative to further this legislative agenda.

To date, sixteen states (CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NM NY, OR, PA, RI, VA and VT) and the District of Columbia already have statewide laws or policies in place to guarantee students the right to opt out of classroom dissection activities.

With the start of the 2019 session, the following states have introduced legislation to give students the right to choose humane education by opting out of dissection. If you live in one of the states below, please take action to support this humane legislation:


Hawaii, SB 256  TAKE ACTION »
Indiana, HB 1537 TAKE ACTION »
Maryland, SB 188/HB 206 TAKE ACTION »


If your state does not already have a student choice law or statewide policy, please let your legislators know that you would like them to introduce legislation this session to ensure that all students have the right to choose a humane education—and provide them with a model law that they can use to help craft a student choice law in their state.


This entry was posted in News on January 24, 2019.
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