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New York: Support Ban on Vivisection in University Classrooms

New York: Support Ban on Vivisection in University Classrooms 

Name: Prohibiting Vivisection at Colleges and Universities

Bill Number: A 1171

New, human-relevant alternatives have been developed that are more effective for training and education on human anatomy. Human cadaver software, virtual human mannikins and other non-animal tools for teaching have been available for years and new innovations are being introduced at a rapid rate. There is no longer a reason to use live animals to learn anatomy.

This bill, A 1171, would recognizes the advantages of using new human-relevant alternatives by prohibiting the use of living organisms for vivisection in institutions of higher education, including colleges, universities and other professional or graduate schools throughout the state. This would include experimenting on a living organism or performing surgery on a living organism to view its internal structure when a scientifically and educationally satisfactory teaching method exists.

Please ask your Assemblyperson to support this legislation.


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Please Support the Use of 21st Century Scientific Teaching Methods in New York Universities

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to support A 1171, which will prohibit vivisection on live animals in colleges and universities when a scientifically and educationally satisfactory teaching method exists. Hundreds of live animals are used in higher education where non-animal teaching methods are already available and in use.

There are many excellent educational alternatives to vivisection available, and new options are being developed every year. These include computer programs, 3-D models, virtual reality programs and human simulators that can teach the same material without harming animals--and without making students choose between the study of science and their moral objection to killing animals for education.

This bill requires that these non-animal methods be used only when they can accomplish the goal of the course material, so there is no disadvantage to the students. There is also a strong financial incentive to develop and integrate these materials into the curriculum as schools would save money in lieu of purchasing live animals for each class year after year.

Please give your support to the passage of A 1171.

Thank you for your consideration.

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