- Animal dissections typically are done in the following courses:
Science 8: Cow’s eye
Science 9-10: No dissections
Biology 11: frog, worm, crayfish, starfish, grasshopper, flatworm (living), and rat
Biology 12: fetal pig
(Vancouver School Board)
- Millions of animals are used for dissection in Canada. Animal specimens most often include frogs, fetal pigs, earthworms, perch, crayfish and grasshoppers. It is however estimated that 170 species or more are used for dissection or vivisection. Some animal species may have been raised in captive environments, while others may have been caught in the wild. (Animalearn)
- Canadian cities that have student choice policies guaranteeing a students? right to refuse include: Vancouver, B.C., South Shore, N.S. and Toronto, ON. (the city of Kelowna, BC has passed a resolution regarding dissection).
- Dissection was introduced into education in the 1920s.
(Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
- While 75-80% of American high school students will dissect at least one animal in school, less than 1% of them will enter a career where the dissection experience is even remotely related. (Animalearn, "Dissection and Students’ Rights", brochure)
- Florida, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Virginia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico have passed Student Choice Policies or resolutions regarding dissection.
(Humane Society of the United States)
- What's dissection like around the world? In Australia, teachers have the choice to include dissection in their lessons but it is not something that must be taught. In Argentina, dissection is banned in all schools. Other countries, like Poland, Holland, Switzerland and Israel, do not teach dissection until University.
(Kidzworld Media Inc, Dissecting Virtual Dissection)