Tell Florida School Board to Switch to Humane Dissection Alternatives
  • Petitioned Pat Carroll

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School Board Member of Collier County
Pat Carroll
School Board Member of Collier County
Kathleen Curatolo
School Board Member of Collier County
Barbara Berry
School Board Chair of Collier County
Julie Sprague
School Board Vice Chair of Collier County
Roy M. Terry

Tell Florida School Board to Switch to Humane Dissection Alternatives

    1. Annie Hartnett
    2. Petition by

      Annie Hartnett



A Florida middle school recieved national media attention after a teacher reportedly bullied and taunted a student for refusing to dissect a frog during science class. This thirteen-year-old student was protected under Florida's Choice-In-Dissection law, allowing her to opt of dissection with a parent's permission. The Florida State Board of Education is now investigating the incident. 

Hopefully the school board will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures for the teacher, but the school should now take the opportunity to become a model of humane dissection. Following the incident, PETA offered to buy the school a set of virtual dissection kits. 

Not only do students reportedly learn better from virtual dissection programs, but these applications also protect animals and the environment. Frogs are the most commonly dissected animal, and millions of frogs are captured from the wild every year for use in classrooms. Frog population decline is due in part to the widespread use of frogs in classroom dissection.

Sign the petition to tell the Florida Collier County School Board to switch to humane dissection alternatives. 

Photo Credit: Albert Straub 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3 signatures
    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Teacher Who Harassed Student Over Dissection Is Removed From School and Disciplined (via PETA) -- That's good news that the district took this bullying seriously, but now it's time for them to end the culture of cruelty in the school by ending dissection.

    3. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Alicia Silverstone's PSA to "Cut Out Dissection"

    4. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Teen sensation Daniella Monet, known as Trina on Nickelodeon’s hit show, “Victorious,” in an anti-dissection ad for PETA (plus a video on the virtual dissection app):

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From WINK News: PETA, 1,500 others lobby for virtual animal dissection in Collier schools:

    7. Reached 1 signatures
    8. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Save the Frogs! has joined the call urging North Naples to switch to virtual dissection. With multiple offers of free alternatives to dissection, North Naples is doing their students, the animals and the taxpayers a disservice by continuing to dissect frogs.

    9. Reached 1 signatures
    10. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the frog dissection apps from Emantras:
      This is definitely what Collier County should be using to teach their kids!

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Middle School Teacher Bullies Student for Refusing to Dissect Frog

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A Florida teacher reportedly bullied and taunted thirteen-year-old middle school student, Sarah Wingo, for refusing to dissect a frog during science class. Sarah Wingo and her mother have now taken action against the school, as the teacher...


    Reasons for signing

    • Concerned Citizen NEW CITY, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Our education system is founded on offering students the opportunity to choose responsibly, humanely, and sustainably. Investing in innovative alternatives to dissection costs less than the conventional method and has fewer consequences and risks to the natural and school environment.

      Frogs can also carry diseases, so to help minimize the public health risk frogs should be kept out of the classroom. Proper measures and equipment should be taken to prevent the spread of disease such as disinfecting hands and surfaces regularly. Physical dissection is becoming an outdated teaching practice and ineffective learning tool. The lesson approached in the traditional way cannot be fully comprehended due to the gross factor. We have access to effective sophisticated modern resources to help us compete globally without having to literally go inside. Virtual computer programs can be fun, educational, engaging, safer, and age appropriate. Students can apply knowledge of computers as well which is needed and required to compete globally. Students will better appreciate the diversity of the species because they learn to respect its nature.

    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago


    • Dhyan Story AUBURN, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Gandhi

      • over 3 years ago

      Please replace frog dissection with humane dissection alternatives.

    • Ruth Hargrove,LVT STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a Licensed Veterinary Technician who refused to murder and dissect animals to get my degree. I passed my anatomy tests with no problem and my NYS Licensing Board Exam in the top percentile.


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