PETA Launches New Virtual Dissection Web Resource Designed for Educators

Site Features Video Demonstrations of Virtual Dissection Programs

Norfolk, VA (RPRN) 8/18/2009–After being inundated with calls for assistance from students and teachers who want to cut out classroom dissection, PETA has launched a brand-new Web site to help instructors teach students anatomy without harming animals.

The following is just a sample of the features on PETA’s new Web site:

*  Video demonstrations of Digital Frog 2.5 and DryLabPlus Fetal Pig (which is also available for other species) narrated by board-certified pathologist Dr. Nancy Harrison (these cutting-edge programs explore the animals’ complex anatomies and offer extensive interactive dissections using virtual scalpels)

*  A detailed cost analysis showing how virtual dissection programs save school systems money

*  Information on an exclusive 30 percent discount available through PETA

*  A list of organizations offering loan programs for computer software and other up-to-date non-animal alternatives to dissection

Dr. Harrison calls Digital Frog 2.5 “the overall best virtual dissection … because the dissection movies are large and clear, the anatomy/physiology didactic material is superb, and the ecology section continually reminds us that the frogs are living beings connected to a much larger web of life.”

Sophisticated, non-animal computer programs and even clay modeling have been shown to teach biology as well as–and in many cases better than–animal-based methods. The National Science Teachers Association recently amended its official position statement on animal use, approving the use of non-animal alternatives as replacements for dissection.

“Cats, frogs, pigs, and other animals who are killed for dissection suffer and die even though non-animal methods for learning biology have proved to be superior to dissection,” says PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “Our new Web site is a one-stop resource that provides educators with everything that they need to teach humane, sound science.”

For more information, please visit PETA.org/dissection.

Contact: Justin Goodman 757-622-7382

Source: Peta.org