Replace Animal Dissections in Undergraduate Labs at UTM

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At the University of Toronto Mississauga, there are many undergraduate courses that have a section of their course dedicated to labs. In these labs, many species of animals are dissected for the purpose of the students education. The animals are received from a society that takes innocent animals from the wild and kills them for labs like these. Also, in an undergraduate setting, the skills taken away from dissecting these innocent creatures will be used in vain. Not all of these students will go on to be veterinarians, or doctors, or to a profession that uses these skills. Therefore, the animal that they dissected will have lost its life in vain for one student to learn unnecessary skills in a lab for one day. Some examples of species that are used are cats, sharks, lampreys, frogs, pigs, and even sheep. In a class of almost 100 students, thats 100 animals that have been killed in one semester. There are many computer programs and guides that can do the job instead. Please help end these dissections at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

- In addition, the CCAC (Canadian Council on Animal Care) has policies on using animals in teaching. On their website, they state that before the institution decides to use animals for teaching they must look for a replacement to teach the curriculum. In the event that no replacement is found, there must be enough justification to use animals. Justification includes: The level and type of training of the students (graduate/postgraduate, specialized/non-specialized) and if they are being used to demonstrate already established scientific knowledge. Their website does not state that an undergraduate lab has the justification to use animals in such a way.

- No animal is less than another and no animal is less than a human. If a dog were being used in one of these labs it would have been shut down years ago, but because they use less domesticated animals it continues to go on. Furthermore, human bodies are only used in graduate programs when absolutely necessary to advance students training who are going into related fields. These human bodies are donated by the families and the hospitals. So if this policy is wrong for humans, it should also apply to animals.

- For a list of possible alternatives visit: https://www.peta.org/teachkind/%20humane-classroom/dissection/dissection-alternatives/

 


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