Switch from REAL to VIRTUAL! Help save Nepalese frogs by adopting humane ways of learning

Switch from REAL to VIRTUAL! Help save Nepalese frogs by adopting humane ways of learning

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Biraj Shrestha started this petition to Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Government of Nepal and

We all have seen frogs or heard them croaking in our lifetime. It is because we share space with them. Frogs living in proximity are a strong indication of a healthy environment since they have delicate (permeable) skin structures. Like humans, frogs do need optimal environmental and habitat conditions to thrive. But when these requirements stray off course and coupled with human exploitation escalate, frogs simply start DISAPPEARING. Of the many reasons that push frogs toward extinction, their use (abuse) for DISSECTION purposes, especially in biology classes is the most distressing one! 

Frogs have been plagued by dissection practice all over, including Nepal. A large number of frogs are killed intentionally every year to facilitate learning the anatomy of vertebrates. Dissecting formalin-stench frogs in the high school biology labs of Nepal is futile, as students at this point hardly get anything out of this knowledge other than feeling gross. It's merely a rudimentary observation to fulfill the requirement of one single lesson at the cost of one imperiled organism, declining at an unprecedented rate. Our learning curriculum should be aimed at protecting lives instead of wasting them because that's what we as humans do - we care, we empathize, and we protect. Those who'd pick a career in medical science get ample opportunities later to learn surgery by practicing with the human cadaver. 

In some countries like parts of the US and the UK, and India, have already taken firm actions to abolish such malpractice by offering alternatives to real dissection. Virtual dissection software is a boon in this regard, Froguts - a virtual dissection tool is now freely available to science learners, students, teachers, and anyone to look inside the animal without the need to cut it open in real. It is one of the most comprehensive tools developed to facilitate learning anatomy and to replace obsolete dissection practice. The lessons could be repeated and revisited over and over again, which ultimately helps to protect frogs every time a student wants to learn about vertebrate anatomy.

It is time that Nepal should embrace such humane alternatives to promote learning and revamp our high school biology curriculum. The action-call is to adopt virtual dissection software like Froguts because one-third of the total amphibian species on the planet is still threatened with extinction risks, and some 250 species have already disappeared over the last forty years.  

Let's help get this message across to our decision-makers, students, teachers, and biological supplies companies to act in favor of innocent frogs. Let frogs thrive in the wild. Let yourself call a frog-saver. Sign the petition, share, and advocate for frogs conservation. 

Learn more at: https://kathmandupost.com/opinion/2018/06/03/save-the-frogs

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