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Bill Would End Science Class Animal Dissections In California Schools


Did you dissect a frog or worm or shark in school? Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that could become a thing of the past in California.

Judie Mancuso refused to dissect frogs back when she was in high school. She says many students don't feel comfortable dissecting an animal.

[MANCUSO] "I've heard many stories where kids are bullied. They're like, you know, wimpy because they're not participating.”

Today she's the CEO of the group Social Compassion In Legislation. Her group and others would like to end animal dissection for all K to 12 students. San Jose Democrat Assembly Member Ash [Osh] Kalra authored a bill to do just that.

[KALRA] "Because of the extra costs of dissection, as well as the exposure to those chemicals and the damage to the environment it's a good time for us to move past dissection."

Kalra says there are better alternatives to killing animals. For example, there's free digital software available or animal replicas could be 3-D printed.

In Sacramento, I’m Ezra David Romero.

Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.