Name: Relating to Student Informed Consent
Bill Number: SB 2764
SB 2764 would allow public school students to decline
participation in dissection, vivisection and other procedures harmful to
animals, while making educational alternatives available to all students. This
measure would apply to students in grades K through 12 and would prevent any
student from being penalized or discriminated against for refusing to
participate in or observe the dissection of vivisection activity. In addition,
an alternative test would need to be provided to students that do not rely on
any dissected specimens.
Notification has been a documented problem in states with
student choice laws, but this bill contains a provision requiring the Board of
Education to adopt rules to ensure that all schools be notified about this
policy and that each school notify its students and parents, in writing, before
beginning any project using animals or animal specimens.
Advancements in computer software, hands-on models and
virtual reality now make it possible for students to learn effectively without
harming animals. Moreover, the cost of using alternatives instead of using
animal specimens is generally much lower, as the alternatives can be used many
times by multiple students, making them cost-effective and environmentally
Senator Gabbard has once again taken the lead in promoting
student choice legislation in Hawaii. harmful to animals. It is essential that
legislators hear from you, their
constituents, that student choice for dissection deserves their support—and
If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from National Anti-Vivisection Society.
Please Give Students a Choice Not to Dissect Animals in School
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to support SB 2764, which would give students in Hawaii public schools grades K-12 the choice to opt out of participating in classroom activities using dissection and vivisection. While some schools or teachers may already have policies in place to accommodate student requests for an alternative to animal dissection, this bill would ensure that all students have the same choice. Advancements in computer software, hands-on models and virtual reality now make it possible for schools to respect each student's ethical, moral or religious position regarding the humane treatment of animals without sacrificing learning objectives. Moreover, the cost of using alternatives instead of using animal specimens is generally much lower, as the alternatives can be used many times by multiple students, making them cost-effective and environmentally friendly. In an article published in the "American Biology Teacher" journal, a survey showed that a majority of teachers have an interest in using alternatives, and over a third of biology students preferred the use of alternatives over animal specimens, when given a choice. Please do not make students choose between their moral convictions and the study of science. Vote "yes" to ensure that students in Hawaii have access to these alternatives and can exercise their informed consent instead of being required to participate in animal dissection or vivisection in the classroom. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]