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Arizona State Kills Students’ Anti-Dissection Ad & How to Get Out of Dissecting Animals

October 21, 2010


You can imagine the excitement on the faces of student activists involved with Arizona State University campus organization Students Taking Action for Animal Rights(STAAR) when they recently found out that their student union has a system of TV screens which, for a small fee, will show advertisements from registered student groups.

The students have been trying to pressure their administrators to end cruel and archaic classroom experiments on animals for the better part of the past year, and now they could finally bring the issue front and center!

Unfortunately, school officials had other plans. They rejected the students’ request, claiming that the ad that the group helped produce is “too graphic,” and telling group members to “tone it down.”


In deadly classroom experiments in ASU’s biology courses, rabbits have holes cut into their necks and are injected with drugs, frogs have pins stuck through their skulls and are dissected while their hearts are still beating, and pregnant rats are killed so that students can experiment on the animals’ uteruses and small intestines. But it’s the students that need to “tone it down”?

Well, thankfully, we have no such censors, so here’s the unedited slideshow ad that ASU won’t allow its students to see:

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Sure, the images are gross, but if anybody is being obscene here, it’s the ASU officials who continue to support cruelty to animals in the classroom, not the students who are trying to put an end to it.

Send an automatic message HERE to Michael Crow, President of ASU ( or send one via email ), and politely ask him to replace these animal experiments with some of the humane, non-animal teaching methods that are available and in use at other universities. Also, make sure that your voice is heard by calling Michael Crow’s office at 480-965-8972.


Cut Out Dissection

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Since October is “Cut Out Dissection” Month, there’s no better time than now to let your teacher know that you’re not going to participate in chopping up dead animals. If you’re feeling a little shy about talking to your teacher in person, we’ve got the perfect mission for you.

Do you live in one of these states (copied below as well)? Then you’ve got it really easy! Those states have laws that say students must be given a humane alternative to animal dissection. To let your teacher know that you won’t be dissecting animals, just print out this letter (below as well), edit it to fit your situation (that part is key, people!), and hand it to your teacher.

If you don’t live in one of those states (or if you attend a private school), don’t worry—it’s still super easy to refuse to dissect. We made this letter (also below) just for you guys to print out, edit it to fit your situation, and give it to your teacher (or you could leave it in your teacher’s mailbox).

Before you go and give the letter to your teacher, be sure to try and get a few of your friends to join you in refusing to dissect by having them co-sign your letter. Solidarity!

States With Dissection-Choice Policies

Guess what? You don’t have to dissect!

That’s right—if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the states listed below, you have the right under state policy to refuse to dissect animals in the classroom! Simply click on the appropriate link below and print off leaflets to hand out to your friends, classmates, and teachers. It’s important to let your classmates know that by law, they don’t have to dissect in any of these states—so make sure they know!

After you’ve done that, the next step is to get your school to replace dissection with a humane alternative! We can help— check out this page for sample letters, replacement policies, and more.

You don’t live in one of these states? Don’t give up hope! Just because the law doesn’t specifically state that you have the right not to dissect doesn’t mean that you have to cut up animals! Click here to start cutting out dissection at your school. Tons of students have fought for and been given humane alternatives—and you could be next!

Do you live in Canada? For Canadian students, your right to refuse to dissect is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Nova Scotia’s South Shore; Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; and Kelowna, British Columbia, have passed student-choice policies. Please visit for more information including details of the policies currently in place.

Do you live in the UK? The dissection of animals is no longer a requirement of any GCSE, A-level, or GNVQ course, nor is it required by the Science National Curriculum. Instead, these exam boards leave it up to teachers to decide whether or not to set a dissection practical in class. So while your teacher or lecturer may lay on the pressure, he or she cannot make you dissect. There are alternatives, and it’s your right to use them.

And college students, we haven’t forgotten about you! Click here to cut out dissection on your campus.



Letter to Instructor: States Without a Dissection Choice Policy

Letter to Instructor State With Dissection Choice Policy

Dissection Information Packet

4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:20 am

    is this meaning of higher education
    maintaining animal torture
    with the highest dedication
    there is no excuse
    no need to cut up and
    school being cruel and
    and their motives,


  2. October 25, 2010 7:48 pm

    IF the ASU students have not already done so, they should Contact Michael Budkie, Executive Director of SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) . More than any other group working agains vivesection SAEN can be of the most help.



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