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The Legislature recognizes that the use of live animals in some kinds of experiments by students in grades K through 12 may be distasteful or traumatizing to immature students. Therefore, all students in grades K-12, whether in public or nonpublic schools, may be excused from dissection and animal experiments upon written request from a parent or guardian. No surgery or dissection shall be performed on any living mammalian vertebrate or bird. FL Stat.: (Educ.) § 1003.47 (1985)1.

 

1. Current statute number is § 1003.47. Law was first passed in 1985 (c. 85-70, § 1). It was amended in 2001 (Fla. St. § 233.0674), 2002 (c. 2002-387, § 140, eff. Jan 7, 2003), and 2004 (c. 2004-357, § 84, eff. July 1, 2004).