Tell Microsoft: Dissection is Cruel, not Cool
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Tell Microsoft: Dissection is Cruel, not Cool

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      Animalearn

Microsoft ran a full-page ad, “Slippery Assignment,” in major newspapers, making light of a cruel dissection lab. The ad pictures a grinning student taking a video with his mobile device of a dissected frog, jokingly called Señor Frog.

Microsoft needs to hear from you that dissection is cruel, not a laughing matter. Ironically, computer giant Microsoft ought to be showcasing the innovative educational technologies that provide excellent alternatives to dissection, such as Digital Frog and Froguts, to name only two.

Dissection is a problem, not a joke. Millions of animals are unnecessarily killed for dissection labs. In a review of U.S. government import records, Animalearn found that in 2012 alone, over 300,000 wild caught frogs were captured in Mexico for a single biological supply company, transported to the U.S., and killed for use in science education labs in American schools.

Why cut out dissection?

1. Schools can save $$. Humane dissection alternatives can be used year after year.

2. Hundreds of innovative teaching tools exist. Sophisticated mobile apps, computer software programs, DVDs, models, and simulators are available from free loan programs such as Animalearn’s The Science Bank.

3. Humane alternatives are effective. Studies show that students who use dissection alternatives perform just as well as or better than students who participate in traditional dissection.

4. Toxic chemicals. Children exposed to formaldehyde risk damage to the eyes and skin, bronchitis, and asthma attacks. Careless or irresponsible disposal of these preservatives, or animal remains, can contaminate water and soil and potentially harm wildlife.

5. Biology should be the study of life! Biology should teach respect for life, not devalue it by treating sentient beings as disposable objects.

Please send a message to Microsoft, asking them to stop using advertisements that claim that a cruel frog dissection is “the best sophomore bio project ever.”

VIEW A PHOTO OF THE AD HERE.


For more information about animal dissection and alternatives, visit Animalearn.org.

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    • FERNANDO ASSEF FRED PALESTINE, BRAZIL
      • 10 months ago

      ATT...........S/S

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    • Sara Williams CHERRY VALLEY, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Dissection is completely cruel and sick. And as someone who's been forced to do it in class...completely pointless. I do not remember what I was supposed to learn. Plastic models would be so much more effective and cruelty-free.

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    • Kevin Crupi WEST BRANCH, MI
      • 11 months ago

      Our society has advanced far enough that we don't need to kill animals in dissection labs

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    • Dianne Carlson SURREY, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Microsoft should be aware of the technological advances made so that dissection of live frogs is not necessary in schools any longer. Nothing cool about this ad - Kermit agrees with me!

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    • Helen Rogers THETFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Um hello Microsoft, what planet are you on exactly where you find this even remotely amusing or cool??? Your just advertising animal abuse & I for one am disgusted with you. Grow up a bit & show some humanity!

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