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April is National Frog Month

April is National Frog Month

If you live near wetlands, you’ve already delighted in the sound of peepers -- the harbingers of spring. But no matter where you live, when you think of frogs, you probably remember walking into your science class, smelling a strong odor of formaldehyde, and being instructed to choose a limp, dead, and preserved frog.

Not so long ago, no one was ever offered an alternative to this rite of passage.  But today that is changing … schools across the nation, and around the world, now offer alternatives to traditional animal dissections. In many situations, animal dissections have been abandoned altogether. It is part of the new culture of care and better science to which future generations can look forward to experiencing.  

One of NEAVS' programs, the Ethical Science Education Campaign (ESEC), works to guarantee students at all levels the right to learn science without having to harm or kill animals. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have dissection choice laws and/or policies to protect students. 

Frog dissection facts:

  • First and foremost, frog dissection teaches disrespect for living beings.
  • Frogs cannot be successfully bred in captivity and must be taken from their natural habitats.
  • Frogs suffer in transport and embalming after being removed from their wetlands.
  • Dissecting once-living frogs contributes to our ecological imbalance while further compromising nature’s already fragile resources.
  • Dissecting frogs contributes to their decline and to that of other wildlife populations.
  • Students are subjected to toxic chemicals, and in turn, the formaldehyde-ridden body parts of dissected frogs contaminate our environment.

All students deserve the right to choose compassion as a core value in how they learn!

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